Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
Court freezes Osun State Government accounts

By News Express on 17/12/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 2,490

•Governor Aregbesola
•Governor Aregbesola

Few days to Christmas, Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo has summoned all banks where accounts of Osun State Government are domiciled to appear before it next Monday with financial statements, regarding the payment of a compensation worth N170 million awarded against the government.

A plaintiff, identified as Rolland Seun Alli had dragged Osun State governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, Attorney General of the state; the Commissioner for Works and Transport and SAMMYA Nigeria Limited to the court following the demolition of his building in Osogbo.

But, the Osun Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state, Dr Ajibola Basiru had argued that the court ought not to have granted the garnishee order, saying an appeal for a stay of execution on the judgement had been filed before a Federal Court of Appeal, sitting in Akure, Ondo State.

However, the court presided over by Justice A.O Ayoola had ruled in favour of the applicant and asked the state government to pay the amount to the plaintiff.

The judgment, which was delivered in June 2017, but the state government did not pay the compensation nor appealed the verdict of the court.

Former president Obasanjo bags PhD in Christian Theology from NOUN

As result of the development, the judgment creditor approached the court again and filed a motion ex-parte for an order, compelling the banks where Osun State government have its accounts to pay the money.

Subseqeuntly, the judge granted the order sought for by the plaintiff and asked the 10 banks where Osun State Government’s accounts are domiciled to appear before it.

According to a certified true copy of the garnishee order issued on November 27 by Justice Ayoola, the judge ordered Skye Bank Plc; First Bank Plc; Omoluabi Savings and Loans Limited; Wema Bank Plc; Guarantee Trust Bank Plc; Fidelity Bank Plc; Unity Bank Plc; and Access Bank Plc to appear before it.

While some of the banks have appeared before the court and others are billed to appear before it on December 18, 2017 when the court is expected to compel them to pay the plaintiff the judgment sum of N170, 965, 840.

Speaking during a chat on the phone with Saturday Tribune, on Friday, Osun Commissioner for Justice, Dr Basiru stated that “the truth of the matter is that the contention of the state government is that the order garnishee was irregularly granted. The state government had filed a stay of execution of the judgment before the court and the court did not give a date for the hearing on the stay of execution.”

He further averred that “the government wrote a letter, reminding the judge that we have an application for stay of execution. The same court that has not fixed date for a stay of execution cannot go ahead to implement the judgment. The court has no jurisdiction to even begin to entertain the matter for which stay of execution has been filed. It is fundamentally irregular for you to implement a judgment for which there is an application for stay of execution”.

“In any event, an appeal had been filed at the Federal Court of Appeal in Akure. The only thing the court can do is to adjourn the application for garnishee order sine die, pending the determination of the appeal filed at Akure,” Basiru remarked. (Nigerian Tribune)

Source News Express

Posted 17/12/2017 9:12:37 PM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+




You may also like...
Anambra closes traffic agency over okada rider’s death...

Over-rated England finally crash out of Brazil 2014...

Senators Mark, Ogbeha mourn the passage of Obaro...

FG treats 6,000 children for lead poisoning

Any Fulani man you see with AK-47 is...

Outrage in Bayelsa over teenager’s murder; police foils...

Nigeria to issue $29mn debut green bond next...

Wada pledges funds for accreditation of 8 courses...

Kaymu launches Buy Nigeria Project at Lagos International...

Bauchi owes retirees N15b gratuity, says NLC

Imo: Rich but in coma •How Okorocha destroyed...

NIMASA nabs 16 stowaways on US-bound ship


Latest News Boko Haram kills Army Commander, several soldiers We won’t substitute Ganduje over bribe allegation — APC •Explains source of ‘bribes’ Osun PDP members sue Adeleke over fake certificate Man charged with sex crimes involving 300 boys INEC removes names of 1,931 persons from Kaduna voters’ register Fayemi reinstates five Perm Secs sacked by Fayose, to get salary arrears Gunmen kidnap 20 students from Cameroonian school Anambra lawmakers to IGP: Caution the State Command over sealing of Assembly Complex 2019: Atiku doesn’t have second term hidden agenda — Campaign Strategist 8th Senate worst in attendance: Ndume Gov Abubakar imposes 12-hour curfew on five Bauchi communities Army flushes out criminals in Northwest


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (422,711 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (390,799 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (323,877 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (272,585 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (244,831 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (227,817 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (209,598 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (191,142 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (176,491 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (168,907 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (165,481 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (152,314 views)


Zenith Zero Balance First Bank chat banking


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (74) Business & Economy (3,803) Business Verdict (54) Columnists (964) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (568) Features (670) Global Business Monitor (311) International (2,707) Interview (167) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (146) Maggie's Blog (38) News (40,698) Opinion (1,145) Pidgin (13) Politics (7,819) Religion (903) Sports (1,780) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update





APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera