A lawyer and businessman, Ayoola Gam-Ikon has dragged an ex-captain of the Super Eagles, Nwankwo Kanu, before a Lagos State High Court. Gam-Ikon is asking the court to order Kanu to pay him one billion naira in damages for malicious prosecution by the police. He said Kanu had accused him of fraud and had him arrested on 5 March, 2013 before he was declared innocent by the court on 30 July, 2015 following legal advice from the Federal Director of Public Prosecutions. He said the damages were for the troubled times he passed through from his time at the Ikoyi Prison, perfection of bail to days of failing health which he was just recovering from. He has also asked the court to order the ex-Arsenal striker to pay an interest of 22 percent on the claimed sum from 15 December till the judgment day and 10 percent interest on the claimed sum from judgment day till the claimed sum is paid.
He claimed to have known Kanu when the ex-Ajax player opened an account with Gulf Bank of Nigeria Plc. The businessman claimed he offered the retired footballer financial advice. Gam-Ikon said himself and Kanu had set up The Hardley Apartments Limited on 22 April, 2004 with a shareholding agreement of 70 percent for the footballer and 30 percent for himself. According to him, during the course of running the business they saw the need for expansion leading them to obtain N457m bank loan for the purpose. The case, which was filed on Tuesday, has yet to be assigned to any judge.
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