By Chioma Obinagwam
Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has asked shareholders of the defunct Afribank Plc to claim their dividends.
Confiance News gathered that it is part of SEC’s investor protection programme as well as ensuring that shareholders get the benefits of investing in the capital market.
According to the Acting DG, Ms. Mary Uduk, gradually, the Commission is making concrete efforts to ensure that investors get their dividends as this would reduce the high profile of unclaimed dividends in the market.
She said, “We have informed shareholders of the defunct AfriBank Plc that unclaimed dividends declared by the bank are being held in trust on their behalf. This will further help reduce the volume of unclaimed dividends in the market and boost investor confidence.
“Investors that have unclaimed dividends are therefore advised to contact Carnation Registrars to process their dividend payments,” she said.
Uduk said the commission has also directed Carnation Registrars and Meristem Trustees to ensure that all genuine claims of beneficiary shareholders be addressed forthwith.
“Since the company is no longer in operation, these unclaimed dividends have to be made available to the rightful owners that are the shareholders. That will go a long way in boosting investor confidence in the market. That is why we are calling on them to take advantage of this opportunity and claim their dividends,” Uduk said.
Recall that recently, the SEC had directed investors in the defunct Skye bank Plc to claim all outstanding dividends declared by the bank which were being held in trust on their behalf.
The SEC also went further to direct Cardinalstone Registrars and STL Trustees to ensure that all genuine claims of beneficiary shareholders were addressed forthwith.
This the SEC said was part of its investors’ protection programme to ensure that shareholders got the benefits of investing in the capital market.