The management of La Campagne Tropicana beach resort has frowned at what it describes as calculated attempts to rubbish its business image and good standing in public by distorting its reputation and obstructing its operations.

It has, sequel to this, assured its numerous clients, personnel, vendors, communities, as well as family dependents, and the public that its facilities and operations are safe and their safety and security are guaranteed.

The Ibeju Lekki-based Resort in a statement signed by its management revealed the above following a publication titled: Court freezes accounts of La Campagne Tropicana over alleged N46.7m debt, making rounds in social and conventional media.

The resort management wondered why the plaintiff and its cohorts have resorted to cheap blackmail and destruction of its operations if it believed it had a case against it stressing it could have the court to do its work.

It noted that, ‘‘We wonder why the plaintiff felt it was necessary to ensure this order was widely publicised, as strictly speaking there was no need to do anything other than serve the order on the banks to which it was addressed.

‘‘We want to assure our numerous customers, suppliers, business associates and the general public of our unshaken commitment to conducting business with the highest ethical standards.’

’Based on this, it cautioned the bank and its appointees to desist from further maligning its image and attempting to distort its operations, noting that La Campagne is a legal entity which fully abides by the laws of the land and the right business ethos.

The statement further noted that, ‘‘we believe that the court is best placed to adjudicate on any alleged liability on our part. However, unless and until such liability is judicially established we believe the plaintiff should refrain from any attempt to disrupt our business operations. To do otherwise creates an unfavourable impression of its business practices.

‘‘We also intend to examine our legal rights with respect to this calculated and malicious disruption of our operations.’’

The statement reads on; ‘‘After careful consideration La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort Limited has decided to issue a statement in response to the mischievous, ill-motivated and ill-conceived publication that has been widely circulated in relation to the freezing of our accounts due to an alleged debt owed by our company to Ecobank.

‘‘As this matter is sub-juiced we are obviously constrained as to what we can say about the subject matter of the suit.

However, we feel it is necessary to note: ‘‘That the freezing of our accounts was effected on the authority of a Mareva injunction, which is an interim ex parte order obtained without giving the party against whom it is made an opportunity to respond to the claims made in obtaining such order. It should therefore be noted that this order was made without hearing the matter or considering the merits of the case based on the evidence of both parties.

‘‘That this interim order has a lifespan of seven days and appears to have been obtained purely in order to embarrass our company. Our belief in this regard is predicated on certain statements made by the plaintiff’s staff to the effect that they would embarrass our Founder if we did not immediately cave into their unsubstantiated demands.

‘‘That our company is disputing the claims made in the suit and would have expected the plaintiff to rely on the court and the strength of its evidence in relation to the ‘alleged’ outstanding loan rather than deploy tactics that are normally used against a plaintiff that does not reside in the jurisdiction and could therefore easily flee same with its assets before the case commenced.’

’The management further frowned at the underhand tactics of the bank and its cohorts to cast aspersion at its organisation which has over the last 30 years operated and contributed to the development of the economy of the country and its citizenry as a wholly Nigerian owned firm.

Stressing that, ‘‘As a company that, over the past 30 years has been committed to promoting our country and which has no intention of changing its base from Nigeria we are deeply offended by the plaintiff’s tactics which in our opinion create an inference that it does not believe in the strength of its case and therefore decided to resort to bully – boy tactics.’’

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