BACKGROUND OF STUDY
According to Company and Allied Matter Act (CAMA) 1990, as amended to date “every limited liability companies must appoint an auditor to examine and report on the accounts prepared by the directors”. A point often mis-understood is that the auditors does not act for the directors, rather he acts on behalf of the shareholders.
The relationship between the shareholders and auditors can be considered as that of principals and agent (a point made in the case of Spacemen V. Evans 1868). Hence, his principal objective is to form an opinion on the truth and fairness of the accounts prepared by the directors.
However, it must be emphasized that nowadays the directors are seen as having a much wider responsibility especially where the shares are...