A High Court In Accra, capital of Ghana, has ordered the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) to pay a total of GHS9,962, 118.84 to Hask Oil Company Limited as interest accrued on a bank facility the company took while its products were in the custody of BOST, the defendant.
According to report filed by the Ghana News Agency, the court ruled in favour of the plaintiff because of BOST’s refusal to release the plaintiff’s petroleum products for sale to repay the credit facility.
“The court further directed that interest at the rate of 30% per annum, being the default rate being charged by the facility bank on the above sum from February 28, 2011 till date of final payment,” the report said.
According to the plaintiff, in July 2013, it stored its imported petroleum products in the defendant’s storage tanks.
It said the products were financed with a credit facility from Fidelity Bank, whose terms included among others, a default interest rate of 30 percent per annum and an execution of a lien or right to set off over a fixed deposit investment with the cedi equivalent of $2 million belonging to one J.K Horgle, the majority stakeholder of the plaintiff’s company.
This was in an event that the plaintiff defaulted in the repayment of the facility.
It said on 27th October, 2014, when Fidelity Bank wrote to the plaintiff demanding the payment of the credit facility, the plaintiff, on 31st October, through its solicitors, wrote to the defendant and demanded the payment of the value of the outstanding products with interests thereon.
It said they also drew the attention of the defendant to the credit facility with Fidelity Bank.
The court said in response to their letter dated 31st October, same year, the defendant wrote to the plaintiff on November 24, 2014, in which it acknowledged receipt but stated that it was unable to confirm the amount it owed the plaintiff until it had ended its audit.
The products were eventually released to the plaintiff in May 2016 at the time the interest had risen to the above figure of which the plaintiff sued.