Court to hear contempt proceedings against Emefiele June 13

Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele
CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

An FCT High Court in Kubwa has fixed June 13 to hear contempt proceedings against Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.

Justice Bello Kawu said the new date would enable the applicant, Godwin Emmanuel, respond to a motion on notice served on him.

The judge fixed the new date after Emefiele’s counsel, Nasir Dangiri, and that of the claimant, Maxwell Okpara, agreed to adjournment for their motions to be heard.

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

The court had on April 10 granted that Emefiele be served by substituted means as efforts made to serve him personally proved abortive.

The judge, also on Wednesday, read a letter sent by 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 their interest in the matter.

Emmanuel instituted a contempt proceeding against Emefiele on April 4 for disobeying a court order to pay him N52.5 million.

Okpara said an FCT High Court, Gwagwalada, had ordered Unity Bank to pay his client the said amount sometime in 2015.

He, however, applied for a garnishee proceeding against CBN in 2017 which was granted without an appeal by Unity Bank.