A fresh suit has been slammed on Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos over the looter’s lists which the minister released some weeks ago.
Counsel to former Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman, Chief Ferdinand Orbih(SAN), had in an ex-perte motion filed before the court accused Mohammed of contempt of court and prayed for leave to serve the minister with the motion and other accompanying processes.
Justice Rilwan Aikawa granted the prayer and ordered that the minister be served with notice to appear before the court to explain why he should not be committed to prison for publishing the name of the applicant in looters’ list, while the matter is pending in court.
Recall that the Federal Government through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been prosecuting Usman and three others before the court over offences bordering on fraud, which they have also pleaded not guilty of.
But, while the matter is still ongoing, Mohammed was said to have included the applicant’s name in one of the looters’ list he published recently.
Alleging contempt of court, counsel to Usman in the motion to the trial judge, Justice Aikawa, argued that Mohammed despite being aware of the pendency of his client alleged looting matter in court, went ahead and published a list of looters in several media on April 1, where the name of the applicant featured as having looted N1.5 billion.
The matter was adjourned to October 2, as the court ordered the motion on notice and other accompanying processes be served on the alleged contemnor by substituted means.
Mohammed already has pending court cases against him by some individuals for including their names in the looters’ list which almost only contains names of members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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