Legal/Judiciary

Attempts to vacate garnishee order on Ekiti govt accounts suffer a setback

An attempt to vacate a garnishee order Nisi, on accounts belonging to the Ekiti State Government in several commercial banks in Nigeria suffered a setback before the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State on Friday.

Justice Yellin Bogoro had granted the order in a suit filed by some local government councilors, who claimed that they were illegally sacked in November 2010.

The applicant, Oladimeji Olugbenga Adewumi, had on behalf of himself and other democratically elected councillors, sued Ekiti Government as judgment creditors.

Joined as defendants in the suit are the Ekiti Government, the Attorney-General of Ekiti State, as well as some commercial banks in Nigeria.

In granting the order last year December, the court held: ” That an Order Nisi is granted attaching all sums to the maximum of One Billion, Five Hundred and Twenty-Three Million, Sixty-six Thousand, Seven Hundred Naira.

“That the order shall be served on the judgment debtors as well as the garnishees. All garnishees and the judgment debtors shall be put on notice. That this suit is hereby adjourned until February 8, 2022.”

However, the state government through its Attorney General, Olawale Fapohunda (SAN), filed a motion to abridge the time for the hearing of the application seeking to vacate the order which was earlier adjourned till February 8, 2022.

At the resumed hearing of the suit on Friday, Fapohunda was not able to move the motion due to a counter-affidavit filed by the judgment creditors against the motion.

The Ekiti State Attorney General applied to the court to grant him short adjournment to respond to the counter affidavit filed by the judgment creditors.

The judgment creditors’ counsel did not oppose the application and the court subsequently, adjourned further hearing till February 4, 2022.

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