Contempt: Court Orders Arrest Of Two Imo Govt. Officials

Contempt: Court Orders IGP, CP To Arrest Two Imo Govt. OfficialsA Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu to arrest the Permanent Secretary, state Ministry of Works, Dr. Chibuzor Iwuagwu and the Director of civil works in the ministry, Engr. C.E. Egboka.

They are to bring them to the court on January 30, 2016 for refusing to appear before the court and to show reasons why they should not be committed to prison.

The warrant of arrest issued by the court came after the court had issued summons on five officials of the state government to appear before it last month following their disobedience to the order of the court, which restrained them from trespassing into the property of former Interior Minister, Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho along Orlu Road, Owerri.

Other government officials involved in the matter are the state’s Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mrs. Josephine Udoji; her counterpart in the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Urban Planning, Lawrence Eburuo; and the Director of Works, Imo Government House, Emeka Duru.

They, however, escaped the arrest warrant because they evaded court service and as a result, were deemed not duly served.

They, in addition to the State Governor and the Imo State government were defendants to a suit (No. FHC/OW/133/2016) brought before the court by Captain Ihenacho, who had approached the court to save his property from being demolished by the state government.

Consequently, the court on July 3, 2016, restrained the defendants from entering or encroaching for the purpose of demolishing the property known and called No 6 Orlu Road, Owerri, pending the determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction filed by the Ihenacho.

However, in spite of the order by the court, the officials of the state government still went ahead to demolish the property on three occasions.

But, returning to the court yesterday, counsel to the plaintiff, Ken Njemanze (SAN) told the court that he was in the court for the application of committal of the respondents who he said “have consistently disobeyed the orders of this court till date”.

Njemanze informed the court that just as it issued summons on the respondents to appear before it and show why they should not be committed to prison for demolishing the said property, “they (respondents) still went back to demolish the property immediately we left the court on November 14, 2016. By this action, they are prompting this court that it cannot do anything and that they are above the law”.

He expressed concern that the government was adopting deliberate design to frustrate the matter and that despite the fact that two of the respondents were duly served by the court bailiff, “they chose not to come because they feel they are above the law that’s why they treat the court with levity”, Njemanze stressed.

Ruling on the matter, after objections from the counsel to the defendants, Mrs. J. C. Ibe, the presiding judge, Justice Andrew Lewis Allagoa ordered the IGP and the Imo State Commissioner of Police to arrest and bring the two persons to the court on January 30, 2016 to show cause why they should not be committed to prison for disobeying the orders of the court.

Imo State APGA Governorship Candidate Debunks Rumours Of Stepping Down

2401F01.Emmanuel-IheanachoThe Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA)  in Imo State, Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho, has debunked rumours that he has stepped down for the PDP Governorship Candidate in the state.

Captain Ihenacho has described the rumour as untrue and a cheap blackmail by opposition parties to discredit his growing popularity.

He made this known to Channels Television after his campaign team visited Nkwerre and Nwangele Local Government area of the state where he promised that if elected into office he would provide free and qualitative education for youths in the state.

Addressing the gathering in Igbo language, Captain Iheancaho, said the APGA remained the only party with Igbo interest and that the party would deliver free and qualitative education to youths as well as provide job opportunities to all graduates in the state.

He said that the rumour that he had stepped down for the PDP Governorship candidate in the state was untrue and a mere blackmail, insisting that the APGA was still very much in the race.

Having toured 24 out of the 27 Local Government Areas in the state, Captain Iheanacho has three more local governments to visit before the general elections.