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Police step into HealthPlus, Alta Semper feud

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The Federal Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) has invited Olubukunola George, HealthPlus founder, over an ongoing dispute with her foreign investment partner, Alta Semper Capital LLC UK. George, according to the letter of invitation, is scheduled to appear at noon on Monday, and will be quizzed for alleged involvement in “Unlawful Seizure, Conduct Likely to Cause Breach of Peace and Threat to Life”.

Dated 8 October and signed by Musa Adze, Commissioner of Police (Anti-Fraud), FCID, Abuja, police sources said the invitation arose from a petition submitted by Alta Semper Capital with which George has been locked in a dispute for about a year. Sources at the FCID said the foreign equity firm’s inability to take over the company, following its announcement of George’s sack as CEO on 25 September, forced it to adopt other measures. Chief among these, they disclosed, was an attempt by Alta Semper to sack Prudential Guards Limited, the security firm hired by HealthPlus. In a letter dated 28 September and signed by Afsane Jetha and Zachary Fond, both Alta Semper directors, the equity firm said it had terminated the contract of the security firm with immediate effect, ordering it to withdraw its personnel from HealthPlus premises as well as hand over the keys to Jetha and Fond.

George responded to the letter by petitioning the Inspector-General of Police, alleging threat to her life and HealthPlus properties. George has retained control of the company because HealthPlus management maintained that there is a pending Federal High Court motion on notice for interlocutory injunction seeking to restrain the directors and shareholders from changing the leadership of the company.

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