General News of Thursday, 4 October 2001

Source: Graphic

Court intervenes in Panbros rumpus

AN Accra High Court, on Tuesday restrained seven children of the late Samuel Christian Appenteng and one other person from interfering with the business operations of Panbros Salt Limited.

The court, presided over by Mrs Justice H. Inkumsah-Abban, made the order after upholding an ex-parte application filed by Mr Leon Appenteng, managing director of the company, for an order for interim injunction against the defendants.

Panbros Salt Limited was established by the late Appenteng.

Those who have been restrained are Messrs Stephen Appenteng, Samuel Kwesi Appenteng, Kyei Mensah Appenteng, Kofi Gyasi Appenteng, Joseph Koranteng Appenteng, Ernest Appenteng and Jonas Appenteng.

The other person is Charles Anim Boateng.

A statement of claim that accompanied the motion said the defendants, without any authority forcefully entered the premises of the company on September 24, 2001 and informed management and staff that they had taken over the operation of the company and purported to have dissolved the board of directors of the company and in its place formed an interim management committee.

The defendants, the statement said, went further to forcefully and unlawfully remove from office the production manager, corporate affairs manager, the security co-ordinator and other employees of the company.

The statement said the defendants also wrote to the company’s banks, instructing them to ignore any cheques issued by management of the company.

It said on September 25, 2001, the defendants unlawfully and forcefully prevented the directors of the company from convening a board meeting on the company’s premises and went ahead to issue circulars to the effect that they are the new managers of the company.

According to the statement, the conduct of the defendants was unlawful and constituted an act of trespass to the company, which disrupted its business and thereby caused it great loss.

A team of armed policemen took over security at the company’s premises at Mendskrom, near Accra on Tuesday, to protect life and property.

This followed a clash between the company’s security personnel and the defendants, who had entered the factory and proclaimed themselves managers of the company.