Former Super Eagles captain, Nwankwo Kanu, has accused the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) of plot to take over his Hardley Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos.
He said although the matter is in court, the agency is about to “forcibly seize” the property.
A statement yesterday by Kanu, the initiator of the Kanu Heart Foundation, lamented that the property, which is a growing concern in the hospitality industry, was put under the temporary possession of AMCON by an ex-parte order on account of a purported indebtedness which is yet to be proved. The statement claimed that there were plans to sell the hotel under a secret arrangement.
Kanu said: “While I remain resolute in my decision to respect the sanctity of our law courts, I am however constrained to issue this statement to call on well-meaning Nigerians and all men/women of good conscience around the globe to prevail on AMCON to do same.
“This has become necessary in the light of some bizarre actions of self-help embarked upon by AMCON in vandalising/stripping the assets, under the guise of renovations, but ostensibly with a clandestine design to brazenly sell or hand it to a third party under secret terms and thus complicate/further stall this matter.”
The 41-year-old added that he felt pained that his prized possession was at the risk of being taken away.
He said funding for surgery and treatment of many heart victims by the Kanu Heart Foundation had come from his earnings at the Hardley Apartments.
The matter will come up for hearing before a Federal High Court on February 14.