A National Industrial Court in Abuja on Wednesday began a contempt proceedings against FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, and others over alleged disregard of series of court orders.
The court affirmed Faruk Abubakar as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Abuja Markets Management Limited, AMML.
The development was sequel to the decision of the minister to include AMML’s MD in the list of heads of agencies dissolved on Sept. 27.
Mr Wike had, on Sept. 27 in a statement, relieved the heads of 21 parastatals, agencies and government companies of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, of their appointments with immediate effect, including AMML.
The contempt charge, filed by Mr Abubakar also joined FCTA, AMML and Abuja Investments Company Limited, AICL, as 2nd to 4th defendants respectively, including the former acting MD of AMML, Engr. Yakubu Abbas.
In the Form 48 marked: NICN/ABJ/62/2023 dated and filed on Nov. 3, the application was titled: “Notice of Consequences of Disobedience to Order of Court.”
It was brought pursuant to Section 72 Sheriff and Civil Process Act, 2004; Order IX Rules 1-3 of the Judgment Enforcement Rules and Under the inherent jurisdiction of court.
The application reads: “Take notice that unless you (the defendants) obey the orders and directions contained in the judgment of court on July 20 and the order of this Honourable Court made on July 26, you will be guilty of the contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.”