Justice Olufunke Anuwe of the National Industrial Court has issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to tender the statement of account of the Nigeria Police Force.
This was disclosed in a statement released on the official website of the National Industrial Court.
The court, sitting in Abuja, also ordered the CBN to adduce the statement of account of the Federal Ministry of Justice in its custody specifying that both balances must be shown on the printed statements.`
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This ruling stems from judgment creditor, Mr. Stacy Johnson, application for the court to enforce the payment of damages awarded to him against the Police on November 3, 2020.
The court, he said, issued him an order Nisi on March 25, 2021, and ordered the garnishee, CBN, to show cause why an order Absolute was not appropriate.
Justice Anuwe had dismissed the objection of Chief A. O. Ajana, SAN, counsel to the CBN that none of the judgment debtors had an account with the central bank, and that of the counsel to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. B. N. Ezeala, that his client was denied a fair hearing.
She said: “Before I heard the motion for summary judgment, I scrutinized the record to be sure that the 1st Defendant/Judgment Debtor is aware of the suit. “The record shows that the 1st Defendant/Judgment Debtor is aware of the suit and received notices of the days the case came up in court.
“The 1st Defendant/Judgement Debtor was given the opportunity to be heard but he chose not to utilise the opportunity.” Justice Anuwe added.