Contempt: Court Fixes Sept 23 For Ruling In Application To Join Emefiele

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An FCT High Court in Kubwa has fixed September 23, to rule on a motion seeking Unity Bank to join CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele, in contempt proceedings against him by a businessman, Godwin Emmanuel.
Justice Bello Kawu fixed the date after Unity Bank Plc’s counsel, Emmanuel Udegbunam moved a motion seeking to join Emefiele in the contempt proceedings.
Udegbunam had told the court that the applicant’s counsel, Maxwell Okpara, had reacted to the said application and served him with reactions on June 11 and asked for an adjournment to reply.
Okpara however, withdrew his reaction and applied for the case to go on in order not to waste the time of the court.
Udegbunam moved his motion dated April 16, filed on the 17th pursuant to Order 49 and 13, Rule 1 and 18 sub 1 and 3 of the Rules of the Court.
He prayed for an order to join Unity Bank Plc into the suit supporting it with a seven paragraph affidavit with 17 exhibits, written addresses and relied on its contents.
He urged the court to grant his application in the interest of justice saying the essence is there are facts to be brought before the court on the matter.
Okpara, however, sought leave of court to make a reply on point of law saying a contemnor is one who has committed contempt of court and refused to comply with court order.
“The party seeking to join Emefiele is a company and they never disobeyed a court order, it is Emefiele that disobeyed.A criminal trial is personal,” he said.
Udegbunam in response said the money sought is in custody of Unity Bank which is the party seeking to be joined and it should not be out because it is involved with the funds of the party in the suit.
Recall that Okpara, on behalf of his client Emmanuel filed a contempt proceeding against the CBN governor on April 4 for disobeying  a court order to pay Emmanuel N52.5 million.