- As Police seal Taraba Micro Finance Bank
BY AMEH IDUJAGI, JALINGO – A Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo has ordered the arrest of Managing Director, Taraba Investment and Property Company Limited (TIPCL), Mr Ezekiel Iliya, and two others for contempt of court.
The other persons are Mr Chris Apaji and Veronica Musa
Presiding Judge, Justice Stephen Pam, who issued the warrant of arrest, ordered that the three individuals be brought before the court on Thursday, January 16, 2020.
The arrest warrant was in pursuant of an ex-parte motion brought before Justice Pam by the Plaintiff, Mr Benjamin Orume and eight others on Monday, December 2, 2019.
In the ex-parte motion, the Certified True Copy (CTC) obtained by our correspondent, the plaintiff, Mr Orume and eight others, who are Directors of Taraba Micro Finance Bank, prayed the Court to restrain the defendants, (Ezekiel Iliya, Veronica Musa, and Chris Apaji) from interfering with the activities of the bank, pending the determination of the case.
The Court, after going through an affidavit in support of the motion sworn to by one Mallam Nasiru Baba of Taraba Microfinance Bank and hearing the application from Ganki Hassan Esq in support of the motion paper, granted all the three reliefs sought by the plaintiffs.
However, the three defendants, Illiya, Veronica, and Apaji, allegedly broke into the bank premises, in defiance of the Court order.
In a warrant of arrest marked FHC/JAL/CS/24/2019 and Charge N0. FHC/JAL/M/83/2019 signed by Justice Stephen D. Pam and certified by B. Bakari, the Court ordered that Iliya Ezekiel, Veronica Musa and Chris Apaji be arrested and produced in court on January 16, 2020 for contempt against the order issued on December 2, 2019.
Meanwhile, the Taraba State Police Command has temporarily sealed the premises of the Taraba Micro Finance Bank Limited.
The Command’s spokesman, DSP David Misal, who confirmed the development, said the action was in obedience to the Court order to avoid possible breakdown of law and order within and around the bank property.