The traditional ruler of Obiangwu Community in Orlu LGA of Imo State, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya has dragged the state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to court seeking the governor’s committal to prison.
The monarch also wants the court to jail the State Attorney-General and Eze Samuel Ohiri, the traditional ruler of Obi-Orodo in Mbaitoli LGA for allegedly treating the Appeal Court’s judgement reinstating him as Chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers with contempt.
The Court of Appeal had on July 5, 2013 sacked Eze Ohiri as Chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers and reinstated Eze Ilomuanya as the chairman of the council.
In a “Notice of Consequence of Disobedience to Court Order,” Eze Ilomuanya through his Counsel, Obiora Obianwu, SAN, reminded Okorocha, Ohiri and the Imo State’s Attorney General of the extant Court of Appeal’s judgement reinstating him as Chairman of Imo State Council of Ndieze.
In the Notice of Disobedience to Court Order filed on Tuesday, August 10 2013 and endorsed by the State High Court Registrar, the trio were warned to “take notice that unless you obey the directions contained in this Court of Appeal Order, you will be guilty of contempt of Court and will be liable to be committed to prison”.
In the order of the Court of Appeal signed by a justice of the Court, Hon Justice John Okoro and the Deputy Chief Registrar, F.C Abooh, the Court of Appeal had set aside the earlier judgement delivered on February 24, 2012 by the Imo State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Benjamin Njemanze. The Court of Appeal in upholding Eze Ilomuanya’s appeal as being meritorious, ordered that the monarch is therefore, entitled to all the reliefs sought in his originating summons.
It would be recalled that the court of Appeal, Owerri Division, had in an unanimous judgement delivered by Justice Philomena Ekpe on July 5, 2013, ordered the immediate reinstatement of Eze Cletus Ilomuanya as “Chairman, Imo State Council of Ndieze till the expiration of his five years in 2015”, The Court in setting aside the dissolution of the Imo State Council of Ndieze and removal of Eze Ilomuanya as Chairman by Governor Rochas Okorocha in his maiden broadcast on June 6, 2011, also” restrained the governor or his servants, agents or whosoever from truncating the tenure of office of Eze Cletus Ilomuanya as a member and Chairman of Imo State Council of Ndieze until the expiration of his tenure in 2015”.
Courtesy: Nigeria Newspoint