One of Nigeria’s richest men, Oba Otudeko, who is chairman of Honeywell Group on Wednesday, appeared in court shielded by stern-looking security men who wrapped themselves around him to prevent journalists from taking his pictures.
According to SAHARA REPORTERS, Mr. Otudeko had been summoned by the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos to testify in a N5.5 billion debt lawsuit involving Honeywell Flour Mills Plc and its sister companies – Anchorage Leisures Ltd and Siloam Global Ltd.
“But after leaving the witness box, Mr. Otudeko, could not leave immediately the courtroom as journalists besieged him making efforts to interview him or take photos and videos.
“As his aides marched alongside him out of the courtroom, the sight of a TV camera sent them scurrying back to the rear of the building to exit through the back gate but the cameraman had raced just in time to meet them there.
The Honeywell boss and his group beat a quick retreat and stood at a safe distance from cameramen. At some point during the drama, some of the personal guards who followed him kept asking photojournalists; “Why are you doing this?” as they frantically tried to move him out of the building.
A mild scuffle was averted after one of the aides lunged at a cameraman in a bid to force the cameraman to stop recording the scene.