The Corporate Affairs Commission, in what is seen as the Federal Government’s continued application of intimidation tactics to subdue those speaking up against bad governance in the country, has deregistered a company, Enough is Enough, in error.
The CAC had intended to deregister the popular company, Enough is Enough, a Civil Society Organisation committed to promoting good governance and citizen engagement, which is actually registered with the CAC as EiE Project Limited.
However the CAC in what seems to be a stray bullet deregistered another company, a general-purpose firm which bears a similar name to the intended Enough is Enough and registered as Enough is Enough also.
The CAC took to their official Twitter page on Tuesday to announce that Enough is Enough was deregistered for straying from its original purpose of registration and ordered the company to immediately return its certificate of incorporation.
It tweeted, “Based on the provisions of Section 579 (2) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, the Corporate Affairs Commission has cancelled the registration of the business name ‘Enough is Enough BN 2210728’ with immediate effect.
“The above section provides amongst others that the commission has the power to cancel the registration of a Business Name where the name is deceptive or objectionable. The business name ‘Enough is Enough’ which was registered in 2012 to engage in general contracts, sales of sport equipment/promotion deviated from its main objectives over the course of time.
“Consequently, the commission has removed it from its database and advised the proprietors to surrender the certificate earlier issued to them.”
The announcement of the CAC was well received by many of the supporters of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Twitter.
A social media aide to the President, Bashir Ahmad, quoted the CAC’s tweet which was praised by many of the President’s supporters.
But EiE later tweeted a photo of its Certificate of Incorporation which showed that it was appropriately registered by the CAC but only bore a similar name with the company which the commission had deregistered.
It tweeted, “Enough is Enough Nigeria aka EiE Nigeria aka EiE is registered as: The EiE Project Ltd/Gte”. A big thank you to those who have reached out & spoken up for us! A luta continua! Vitória é certa!”
The CAC’s gaffe quickly drew the attention of several Tweeps as they wondered why the Federal Government was taking action against #EndSARS protesters.
A former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, who is a known critic of the regime, said the CAC ought to know better.
“Surely you must know that #EnoughIsEnough is not a business name, though. This is deliberate disinformation. The organisation is duly registered with legal personality under CAMA 1990. A business name doesn’t confer legal personality and de-registration doesn’t happen on Twitter by the way.”
Earlier, EiE had condemned the freezing of accounts owned by #EndSARS protesters. It had tweeted, “The Nigerian government wants us, when faced with official actions with which we disagree, to obey and submit without daring to object.
“Case in view: seizure of passports, freezing of accounts by CBN, continued arrests of #EndSARS protesters, blame game, etc. #EnoughIsEnough.”