Ohakim vs Okorocha: Court seals 4 banks for contempt

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Four banks were yesterday sealed in Owerri, Imo State for disobeying court order in the matter involving former governor Ikedi Ohakim against Owelle Rochas Okorocha.

The backs include: United Bank for Africa on Mbari Street, Diamond Bank on Item Street, Union Bank on Bank Road and First Bank on Bank Road, all in Owerri.

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The affected banks were accused of flouting order issued against Okorocha in favour of Ohakim.

A notice of attachment from National Industrial Court in Owerri, dated November 6, 2018, pasted in front of the banks, indicated that the affected banks had failed to honour a garnishee order issued by the court against the banks.

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An order for execution issued by Justice O.O. Arowosegbe, which was on display on the banks, states: “An order granting leave to issue writ of execution of the order of this honourable court made in this suit on February 23, 2018, against, second, third, sixth and seventh garnishees, that is Diamond Bank, First Bank, United Bank for Africa and Union Bank PLC, respectively.”

Daily Nigerian Horn gathered that a document of a court judgment on display at one of the banks informed that judgment mandated the affected banks to pay the plaintiff his claims from Imo State Government accounts domiciled with the banks, which they had so far refused to do.

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The judgment was further gathered that it was dated February 23, 2018.

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The judgment partly reads, “Order absolute is made against the fifth garnishee (Skye Bank) to the tune of N112,000,000.00 (N112m).”

“Order absolute to the tune of forty-four million, seven hundred and ninety thousand, eight hundred and thirty-one Naira, thirty-four kobo (N44,790,831.34), is made against the sixth garnishee (UBA), less the minimum amount required to maintain the account.”

“Order absolute is made against the seventh garnishee (Union Bank ) to the total N8,824,240.72, less the minimum amount required to maintain the account.”

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“The fourth garnishee is accordingly discharged.”

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“In all, the degree absolute has been made on a cumulative total of N290,068,717.57. The total sum is to be paid over to this court vide the Chief Registrar, National Industrial Court of Nigeria within 14 days next.”
The judgment reads in part.

– NIGERIAN HORN-

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