High Court restrains Shippers’ Council, firm from invading another
• A’ Court dismisses ex-NHIS boss, Thomas’ no-case submission
A Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday, restrained the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) and a firm, Fabiola Trading Company Limited, from invading the premises of another firm, CMA CGM Nigeria Limited with armed men to harass its employees.
Also restrained in the order is the second defendant, Moses Olayemi Fadipe, who is a coordinator of Port Standing Task Team.
Justice Peter Lifu made the order following a September 27, 2021 ex-parte motion filed and argued by counsel to the plaintiff, Mr. Babajide Koku (SAN) in suit No: FHC/L/CS//2021.
The judge stopped both respondents from intimidating the employees “with a view to compel or coerce them into releasing the goods shipped by the first defendant/respondent under B/L NAM9246749 (Container Nos. TGHU1294951).
“The order stands pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed but shall be served on the defendants within 72 hours,” the judge held.
Justice Lifu, however, ordered the applicant to file an undertaking to indemnify the affected parties to the tune of N100 million if it is discovered afterwards that the court was misled and that the order was unnecessary in the first instance.
He adjourned till October 21, 2021, for hearing of the said motion on notice.
MEANWHILE, a three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, yesterday, dismissed the application filed by a former Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Olufemi Thomas, seeking to stop the alleged $2,198,900 fraud charges leveled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Thomas was re-arraigned alongside one Kabiru Sidi, a bureau de change operator, by the EFCC, on an amended seven-count charge of laundering $2,198,900.00 before Justice Ayokunle Faji of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.
EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said Thomas pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him by the anti-graft agency.
The defendants allegedly conspired with the wife of the first defendant, Funmi, to make a cash payment of $2,198,900.00 to one Ibitoye Bamidele at their residence, No. 20, Lagos University Teaching Hospital Road, Idi-Araba, Lagos.
The second defendant, Sidi, allegedly lied to an EFCC investigator, Afeez Mustapha, that he was the owner of the money that the first defendant and his wife transacted.
During the trial, the first defendant, Thomas, had filed a preliminary objection of no-case submission, saying the lower court does not have jurisdiction, in view of the earlier judgment in a fundamental case before the Court of Appeal.
Thomas, through his counsel, had also argued that the offences, which he is being charged with, were not known to the law and the prosecution had not made a case against him.