Court dismisses stay of execution order by ASCSN ex-president, others
The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, dismissed the stay of execution suit filed by former President of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Bola-Audu Innocent and his group and restored Tommy Okon and Alade Lawal as the authentic National President and Secretary-General of the body.
Justice Daniel Osiagor emphasised that both officers remain the authentic and legal signatories to the union’s bank account. He took exception to the refusal of Bola-Audu and his group to obey his final order of October 26, 2022, lambasting one Gamaliel Acho, who in a press statement, described his order as “judicial advice.”
Justice Osiagor also tackled Bola-Audu and his group for jumping from one court to another in an attempt to get a favourable ruling on same matter.
He equally described as “wicked” the court processes filed by Bola-Audu and his group on September 6, 2022, which shut off the real parties to the dispute.
Osiagor, who viewed the entire stay of execution motion as baseless and hollow, subsequently dismissed it.
The judge ruled: “Upon the issue of jurisdiction raised suo motu, by the court, and the finding that this court lacks jurisdiction to handle trade union fundamental right claims as well as finding this Suit No. NICN/ABJ/214/2022 to be an abuse, the suit is hereby dismissed. The ex parte order of September 13, 2022 is hereby set aside and all actions taken pursuant to the order reversed.
“The matter is hereby returned to status quo ante bellum, thus those in possession of the secretariat prior to the Order of Court are restored to possession, while those that were signatories to the account prior to the Order of Court are restored to operate the account.”