A Federal High Court, Owerri has agains ordered the police to execute its arrest warrant on five top officials of the Imo State Government.
The court, presided over by Justice Lewis Allagoa, had on March 13, issued an arrest warrant on the top officials of the government for demolishing the property of the former Interior Minister, Emmaneul Iheanacho.
In a suit with reference No. FHC/OW/CS/133/2016, the former minister had challenged the demolition of his property along Orlu Road, Owerri Capital City.
The affected government officials were Josephine Udorji, commissioner for works and transport; Lawrence Eburuoh, commissioner for lands, survey and urban planning and Nwaogu Chidiebere, general manager, Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA).
Others were Emeka Duru, head of works department, Government House, Chibuzor Iwuagwu of ministry of power and housing and C. Egbuka, a director in the ministry of works and transport.
When the case was mentioned on Tuesday, counsel to the state government and the accused parties, J. Ibe, prayed the court to cease proceedings on the matter.
Mr. Ibe argued that since his clients did file an appeal before the Court of Appeal, the lower court should adjourn the case sine die.
But counsel to the former minister, Lesie Njamanze, instead prayed the court to avail the police more time to execute the bench warrant.
He argued that his client was not privy to any appeal and was not served with neither notice of appeal nor order of stay of execution.
While ruling, Justice Allogoa dismissed the application to ease proceedings on the matter.
The judge held that necessary legal steps were not taken to notify the court on the appeal, adding that the proper thing to do was to notify the court through a motion supported with affidavit and served on the parties.
The judge, however, adjourned the case to June 5, to enable the police to execute the bench warrant on the contemnors for flagrantly violating the orders of the court.