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NEWS February 3, 2020

Issuance of Sanctions Board Decision No. 122 (Sanctions Case No. 609)

Pursuant to Sanctions Board Decision No. 122 issued in Sanctions Case No. 609, the Sanctions Board imposes sanctions of debarment with conditional release after a minimum of four years on Kenoster (Nigeria) Limited (the “Respondent Firm”) and Mr. Ugochukwu Ezeh (the “Individual Respondent”) (together, the “Respondents”).

These sanctions are imposed on the Respondents for a fraudulent practice as defined in Paragraph 1.16(a)(ii) of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Procurement of Goods, Works, and Non-consulting Services under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits and Grants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011)


Capsule Summary of Findings:

The Respondents were found liable for engaging in a fraudulent practice by submitting a false bid security in the Respondent Firm’s bid on a Bank-financed project. The Sanctions Board found the evidence sufficient to support a finding that the Individual Respondent acted knowingly, and that the fraudulent conduct served to improve the Respondent Firm’s chances of winning the Bank-financed contract. In selecting the appropriate sanction for each of the Respondents, the Sanctions Board took into account a number of relevant aggravating factors. Full discussion of the facts, allegations, and the Sanctions Board’s analysis can be found in the published decision.