SEC urges shareholders of defunct Afribank to claim dividends

Salamatu Ejembi Lagos

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Shareholders of the defunct Afribank Plc have been urged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to claim their dividends.

The Acting Director General, Ms. Mary Uduk 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 explained.

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 added.

It would be recalled that 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 commission also went further to direct Cardinalstone Registrars and STL Trustees to ensure that all genuine claims of beneficiary shareholders were addressed forthwith.

According to SEC, this was part of its investors’ protection programme to ensure that shareholders got the benefits of investing in the capital market.

Peace PIAK