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Lawyer threatens ICPC chairman with contempt proceedings

Lawyer threatens ICPC chairman with contempt proceedings

A legal practitioner, Eric Ifere, has threatened to proceed with pending committal proceedings to prison against the chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Musa Aliyu (SAN), if he failed to obey court orders.

Ifere, counsel for Nkrah Marine Limited and its CEO gave the warning in a letter addressed to Aliyu copies of which Blueprint claimed it sighted on Friday in Abuja.

In the letter dated January 17, 2024, and stamped received by the commission the same day, the lawyer said that until the ICPC’s chairman obeys the court orders by removing the restrictions placed on his client’s bank accounts and paying damages of N5, 000, 000 ordered by the court, the committal for contempt of court proceedings would be moved on the fixed date of hearing.

The letter read partly, “We are mindful that you have recently resumed office and may not be aware of the pending committal proceedings to prison against you as the chairman and chief executive officer of ICPC, the first judgement debtor, for having refused to obey the orders of the court made against it.

“On January 18, 2022, the Federal High Court, Abuja, made an order directing you to remove the restrictions placed on the judgment creditors’ bank accounts numbers: 2657858013, 4573142058 and 4573142027 domiciled with First City Monument Bank (FCMB) and account number: 1000576777 domiciled with Zenith Bank Plc and pays the judgement creditors N5 million in damages.

“On July 4, 2022, the same Federal High Court delivered a ruling refusing the 1st judgement debtor’s request for a stay of execution of its judgement. Further, it directed you to remove the judgment creditors’ account restrictions immediately.

“Regrettably, you have neglected and refused to obey the honourable court’s judgment and orders to date.

“Consequently, the judgement creditors have commenced contempt proceedings against you, and the hearing date is fixed for February 8, 2024, at court number 12, Federal High Court, Abuja, while maintaining that restricting their bank accounts undermines the judgement of the Federal High Court and violates their fundamental rights.”

Ifere urged Aliyu to review the decision by lifting the restrictions and paying the damages before the hearing date for the contempt proceedings.

The motion, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1347/2021 dated November 1, 2023, and filed on November 2, 2023, before Hon. Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of an FHC, Abuja, has been fixed for February 8 for hearing.

 

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