Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the FCT High Court on Thursday gave CBN Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, a last chance to obey court order or face “the consequences of disobedience’’.
Baba-Yusuf gave the warning following complaints by Chief Tochukwu Onwugbufor (SAN), counsel to Chief Chudi Chukwuani, that the CBN had flouted a court order that mandated it to pay his client the sum of N160 million .
It would be recalled that Justice Ufot Inyang of the FCT High Court sitting in Apo on August 1 ordered the CBN governor to pay Chief Chukwuani N160 million.
The amount, the court said, was payment for a contract executed by Chukwuani’s company, BPS Engineering Construction Ltd., for the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA).
Justice Inyang had given the CBN governor till August 7 to pay the complainant or face contempt charges before it proceeded on vacation.
Chukwuani filed a motion before Justice Baba-Yusuf, who is the vacation judge, seeking enforcement of the order on CBN.
At the hearing of the motion for the execution of the court order on Thursday, Onwugbufor told the court that the CBN had yet to obey the order issued by Justice Inyang, and prayed the court to ensure that the bank complied with the order.
In his ruling, Justice Baba-Yusuf refused an oral application for adjournment by CBN counsel Kenneth Obi, who held briefs for Chief Olumuyiwa Akinboro (SAN).
Baba-Yusuf expressed displeasure at the CBN for refusing to obey the order of Justice Inyang.
“My business today is not to grant adjournment. I have a court order issued by my brother Judge ordering the CBN to pay Chief Chukwuani the sum of N160 million. My business is to ensure that the court order is obeyed to the letter.
“I am giving CBN Governor Sanusi; Mr Emmanuel Malomo, the senior manager banking services; and Jude Onwuharonye, manager, legal services of the CBN, till the close of work on Friday August 10 to pay the sum.
“I hereby also order the registrar and the deputy bailiff of the FCT High Court to enforce this court order on the CBN.
“The CBN will obey the order of court willingly or unwillingly, and if by tomorrow they refuse to implement the court order, the consequences of such disobedience will be visited on them,” Justice Baba-Yusuf said.
He wondered why the CBN, having not controverted the claim that they were owing Chief Chukwuani
the sum of N160 million on behalf of FERMA, had still refused to pay the sum.