A Lagos Federal High Court Judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, has threatened to order the arrest of the Managing Director of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, if he fails to appear in court next Wednesday.
Justice Olatoregun issued the treat while frowning at Okhiria’s refusal to appear in court on committal proceeding filed against him by a former employee of Nigeria Railway Corporation, Benedict Iheakam.
Johnson Esezoobo, council to the plaintiff, had asked the court for an order to commit Okhiria and the Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Canise Oklahoma to prison for allegedly refusing to comply with its order delivered over 14 years ago.
According to reports, Justice Dan Abutu had in a suit marked FHC/L/CS/926/95, ordered the reinstatement of Iheakam and payment of full entitlements.
When the matter came up for proceeding on Thursday, counsel to the second respondent, Opeyemi Igbayiloye, informed the court of his interaction with council to the plaintiff, Esezoobo, but did not file any documents in support.
In his response, Esezoobo confirmed the development and told the court that its direction was to a person and not a company. He explained that the legal adviser approached him that morning to inform him that the Managing Director, Okhiria, had traveled to China.
The Judge, Justice Olatoregun who wondered if the MD, Okihiria, was bigger than the law, maintained that the order of the court must be obeyed and that the MD must not show himself to be above the law.
The Judge therefore gave the NRC MD, Fidet Okhiria, a week to obey the court or be arrested.
She adjourned the matter till February 21, for the MD to appear in court.
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