The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday announced the suspension of BGL Group Plc from all capital market operations.The SEC also said that Mr. Albert Okumagba, who is the Group Managing Director of BGL Group, should cease to be a registered Sponsored Individual with the commission following the withdrawal of the registration of BGL Plc as a capital market operator.
“He is therefore no longer entitled to carryout capital market activities,” SEC declared.
According to the commission, the decision to suspend BGL was taken after the commission’s Executive Management Committee meeting held on May 19, 2015, where it considered the report of a detailed investigation into the various complaints received from investors against subsidiaries of BGL Group.
SEC directed that “BGL Asset Management Limited, BGL Capital Limited and BGL Securities Limited be suspended from all capital market activities all Sponsored Individuals of BGL Asset Management Limited, BGL Capital Limited and BGL Securities Limited whose particulars are contained in the Commission’s record as at December 2014 be suspended from performing any capital market activity.”
The commission noted that “all suspicious transactions observed in the course of the investigation have been referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies for further investigation; and BGL Asset Management Limited, BGL Capital Limited and BGL Securities Limited and all individuals involved in the management of the said companies have been referred to the SEC Administrative Proceedings Committee (APC) which will give all parties to the cases a fair hearing.”
SEC had last month appointed an interim management to run BGL following complaints against the company by investors. The interim management was mandated to conduct a forensic audit of the companies operations among others.