Posted by Ebere Uzoukwa, Owerri | 3 May 2017 | 2,962 times
An Owerri Federal Court on Tuesday adjourned to June 5 to enable the Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police, Imo State and any other police officer, arrest two commissioners and three other top government functionaries for contempt.
Justice Lewis Allagoa adjourned the matter after dismissing the submissions of J.C Ibeh Esq, counsel to Imo State Government and its officials (3rd-4th Defendants) which requested the court to cease proceedings and adjourn sine dine on the grounds that an appeal and order of stay of execution had been filed and entered in the court of appeal by her clients.
Counsel to Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, Lesie Njamanze Esq., had earlier prayed the court to avail the police more time to execute the bench warrant issued by the court, adding that his client was not privy to any appeal as he was not served with neither notice of appeal nor order of stay of execution.
Justice Allagoa, who carpeted Ibe Esq. for not taking the necessary legal steps to notify the court on the appeal, expressed that the lower court could only be notified when an appealed had been entered with a motion supported with affidavit and served to parties in the matter.
The judge, however, adjourned to June 5 to enable the police execute the bench warrant on the contemnors for flagrantly violating and shunning orders of the court.
Recall that Justice Allagoa had on March 13, issued a warrant of arrest on some government officials on Suit No FHC/OW/CS/133/2016 between Ex-Interior Minister, Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho and Imo State Government over the demolition of a property located at Orlu road, Owerri.
The affected government officials are Josephine Udorji ,commissioner for Works and Transport, Lawrence Eburuoh, commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Planning, Nwaogu Chidiebere, General Manager, Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA), Emeka Duru, Head of Department(Works) government house, Chibuzor Iwuagwu of Power and Housing and C. E Egbuka, a Director in the Ministry of Works and Transport.
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