Great Ogboru was accused of using thugs to violate a court directive.
The Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, has commenced contempt proceedings against Great Ogboru, a former gubernatorial candidate in Delta State, for flouting an order of the Federal High Court in Lagos.
The court had empowered AMCON to appoint a receiver, Kunle Ogunba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, over the assets of Fiogret Limited, which were used to obtain a loan from the defunct Equitorial Trust Bank (now Sterling Bank).
Despite the advice of Justice Okon Abang for parties to comply with his ruling, after Mr. Ogunba had taken possession of the asset, the former candidate of the Democratic Peoples’ Party allegedly used thugs to invade the company, overpowering the security men and carting away truck loads of fish to an unknown destination.
Mr. Ogboru also allegedly threatened to “deal with the receiver/manager for executing the orders of court,” according to a supporting affidavit to the contempt proceedings.
In their contempt motion, AMCON, urged the court to declare that the acts of “thuggery, extreme hooliganism, and outright lawlessness of Mr. Ogboru and his cohorts amount to “grievous contempt of worst specie of the court.”
Also cited in the contempt proceedings are Directors of Fiogret Limited, Mr. Ogboru’s company – Turner Ogboru, Victor Agbenrien, Muibi Sunmonu, Mike Ladesuyi, Roland Ogboru, and Raphael Uwhumakpor.
Mr. Ogboru, however, has filed a motion seeking a stay of proceedings pending the determination of an appeal he filed at the Court of Appeal.
Mr. Abang fixed May 30 for hearing of the motion.
“I will issue a bench ruling on the next adjourned date after hearing the motion for stay of proceedings. If the ruling is against (Ogboru and others), I will proceed to hear the contempt application,” Mr. Abang said.