NICON: Court orders publication of committal papers against AMCON boss

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim enrolment of order for publication of forms 48 and 49 and service of all other court’s processes lawfully issued in the committal   proceedings in suit no.FHC/ABJ/CS/760/2021.

Ibrahim had approached the court seeking to serve committal proceedings on the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Managing Director/CEO, Ahmed Lawal Kuru, Executive Director, Eberechuwkwu Uneze, Executive Director, Aminu Ismail through publication in national dailies.

In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice O. E Abang, said: “Having considered that the defendants/alleged contemnors did not seek leave of the court to file  appeal against the interlocutory decision of the court of March 9, 2022, the grounds of the appeal are grounds of facts, at best grounds of mixed law and facts.

“The court having also considered the facts that the defendants evaded personal service of form 48.”

The court also held that having considered the respondents didn’t file a motion staying of execution of the order made of March 9, 2022 and appeal perse does not operate as staying of execution, it granted that the applicants should publish forms 48 and 49 and other court’s processes to be lawfully issued in the matter in two national dailies, The Nation and The Punch newspapers.

Upon the publication, it shall constitute proper service of forms 48 and 49 and other court’s processes to be lawfully issued in the matter the 1st to 12th defendants and principal officers of the 1st defendant  that were cited for contempt by the court’s order of March 11, 2022.

It would be recalled that court had ordered committal proceedings against the MD of AMCON, over alleged takeover of companies belonging to the businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim, against court order.

Justice Okon Abang, in a ruling on an ex-parte motion moved by Victor Ogbonna, counsel to Mr Ibrahim and others, also directed the plaintiffs to commence committal proceedings against Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Alexander Okoh.

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