CCT chairman faces contempt of court charges
•Two acting chief executives fight over position at tribunal
•FirstNation airline boss challenges court’s jurisdiction in alleged N1.7b theft
Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Yakubu Umar, may be charged for contempt of court today.This followed a ‘notice of consequence of disobedience to order of court’ filed against him by one Francis Ogar, over his wrongful dismissal from the CCT.
The National Industrial Court (NIC) had ruled in 2005 that Ogar be reinstated.He filed the suit on April 10, 2018 and attached a reminder of an earlier application, titled ‘notification of, and demand for compliance with the judgment delivered by Justice Maureen Esowe.’He said the action would amount to the chairman being guilty of contempt of court, and liable to be committed to prison.
After a 13-year- legal battle, the court also ordered that Ogar’s salaries and entitlements be paid from February 2005 till the date that the judgment is executed and the sum liquidated.The Industrial Court has fixed today, May 8, 2018 for sitting on the contempt charge.
Meanwhile, a cold war has enveloped the CCB since the return of the former Acting Secretary of the bureau, Mrs. A.F Kolawole.Kolawole had voluntarily retired from service in April last year, following her alleged suspension by the board for an offense described as “serious misconduct and abuse of office.”
But she returned to her position few months after retirement, declaring her suspension as unjust.Her return has however created ripples, as the erstwhile Director, Reforms Coordination and Service Improvement Department, Mr. N. Agom-Tor, had since assumed her office.Kolawole insisted that the Office of the Government of the Federation recalled her through a letter.
In another development, the Managing Director of First Nation Airlines, Mr. Kayode Odukoya, has filed a preliminary objection against an allegation of forgery and theft, filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC had arraigned Odukoya on a four-count charge of theft of N1.7 billion and forgery of a Certificate of Occupancy issued by the Lagos State government.When the matter was called before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court in Ikeja, the defendant’s counsel, Olawale Akoni (SAN), informed the court that he had filed application of preliminary objection dated in April 21, 2018. The EFCC counsel, Mrs. Zainab Ettu, confirmed this.
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