Self Determination: Lead Counsel Files Ganishee Nissi Against FG, CBN Over N20.5billion Cost To Igboho

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan


The legal battle by the Yoruba nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho took another twist as his lead counsel, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), filed a Ganishee Nissi  against the Federal Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) .
In the motion ex parte filed before an Oyo state High Court sitting in Ibadan, the lead counsel is seeking an order to direct the CBN to appear before the Court to show cause why an order should not be made against it for the payment to plaintiff / judgement creditor/ applicant of the sum of N20.5 billion being debt and owing or accruing from the Garnishee to the defendant/judgement  debtor including the Federal Government in the Treasury Single Account
Chief Alliyu (SAN) in the motion exparte with suit number M/435/2021 prayed that the CBN be ordered to pay N20.5billion to his client out of the Federal Government monies with it.
He stated in the motion exparte that the Court should direct that upon the service of the Garnishee order Nissi on the above named Garnishee shall be attached to answer the judgement debt referred to in relief (1) above.
Chief Alliyu at the hearing of the motion exparte, said neither Appeal nor stay affects an application for Garnishee.
Justice Oladiran Akintola  adjourned the matter till January, 12, 2022 for CBN to come and show why the court should not make the Garnishee order absolute.
Earlier, the DSS counsel , P.O Fabiyi had filed a motion to stay the execution of the N20.5 billion damages awarded to Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho  with an affidavit where it was admitted that Igboho is detained in Cotonou on the application of Nigeria for repatriation and as a fugitive he will not be able to refund if paid such amount. Again that the amount will affect the economy of Nigeria.
Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN)  filed a preliminary objection and attached a sworn affidavit stating that it amounts to contempt of court to detain Igboho anywhere in the world at the instance of Nigeria after an order of Court that he should neither be arrested, detained or harassed by the Respondents. 
He stressed that the budget of Nigeria runs into trillions whilst NSA gets over #136 billion annually; hence paying #20.5b can in no way affect NSA Office or the Federal Government of Nigeria  and that the Federal government have not paid the N2.05m cost awarded, adding that ” all these constitute CONTEMPT OF COURT.

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