Court Hears Contempt Case Against Emefiele June 13

CBN boss, Emefiele has a day in court

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Kubwa has fixed June 13, 2019 to hear contempt proceedings against the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to enable the applicant, Godwin Emmanuel respond to a motion on notice served on him.

Justice Bello Kawu on Wednesday fixed the date after Emmanuel’s counsel, Maxwell Okpara and the CBN Governor’s counsel, Nasir Dangiri (SAN), agreed to adjourn the matter for their motions to be heard.

Okpara had told the court that he was served a motion by Dangiri  on April 16 at close of work, adding that he had seven days to respond to it.

Kawu had earlier read a letter sent by the judgement debtor, Unity Bank asking for the court to stand down the proceeding in the interest of justice to enable them conclude their processes to bring to the court to represent her interest in the matter.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Okpara, on behalf of his client Emmanuel filed a contempt proceeding against the CBN governor on April 4, 2019 for disobeying a court order to pay Emmanuel N52.5 million.

The court gave an order for substituted service on the CBN Governor on the matter on April 10 as efforts made to serve him personally proved abortive.

Okpara said judgment was given against Unity Bank to pay the said sum to Emmanuel by an FCT High Court, Gwagwalada sometime in 2015.

He however applied for a garnishee proceeding against CBN in 2017 which was granted and Unity Bank did not appeal against the judgment. NAN

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