The National Industrial Court will on July 8 commence contempt proceedings against the Managing Director of the Federal Housing Authority, FHA, Mohammed Al-Amin.
This followed Mr. Al-Amin’s alleged disobedience of the order of the court restraining him from suspending the General Manager of the Federal Housing Authority Homes, Roland Igbinoba.
The FHA Homes Limited is a subsidiary of the FHA and has been embroiled in a dangerous power play between Messrs Al-Amin and Igbinoba.
Angered by his illegal suspension by the board of the primary mortgage bank, Mr. Igbinoba had filed a suit with the number: NICN/ABJ/194/2015, with the National Industrial Court in Abuja.
On June 19, the court, presided by Justice M.N. Esowe, issued an interim order, restraining the FHA board, Mr. Al-Amin and others from suspending Mr. Igbinoba, based on a letter dated June 2.
Justice Esowe also granted all the reliefs contained in Mr. Igbinoba’s motion and issued an order barring the defendants from taking any action on the issue in dispute until they are determined.
However, following the refusal of the respondents to honour the court’s order, Mr. Igbinoba had again approached the court on June 30, seeking an order for the arrest and prosecution of Mr. Al-Amin and others for contempt.
Counsel to the suspended managing director of the FHA Homes, Chukwueika Okafor, in a fresh petition deposed at the court quoted media reports indicating that the respondents were aware of the injunctions placed by the court.
The legal practitioner also averred that it was impossible to personally serve the Acting General Manager of the bank, Heytuddeen Atiku, “since they became aware of the order made by this court”.
Based on documents obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, the court has fixed July 8, to commence contempt proceedings against the respondents.
Attempts to speak with Mr. Al-Amin as well as the Head, FHA Media Relations, Tunde Ipinmisho, failed as they would neither pick calls nor reply messages sent to their telephones.
The supremacy battle between the management of the mortgage bank and its parent company, FHA has taken a toll on the operations of the bank.
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