SAN decries alleged flouting of court orders by Imo state govt

OWERRI—An Owerri-based legal practitioner, Chief Mike Ahamba, SAN, has lamented what he described as the penchant to disobey court orders by alleged officials of the Imo State Government.

According to him, “nothing can be more hostile to a judicial system than contempt for judicial orders emanating from perceived partners in governance.”

Ahamba spoke in Owerri, the Imo State capital at the opening of the 2013/2014 Legal year in the state.

His words: “This phenomenon is regrettably assuming a cultural dimension in this state.”

On corruption, Ahamba wondered why the people of the state had not been told why the N1.5 billion bribe scandal which led to the impeachment of the former Deputy Governor was yet to be recovered from a contractor.

“May I respectfully recall that some months back, there was an impeachment proceeding in Imo State. One’s concern or interest in this issue is justice to the people of Imo State, who are interested in knowing where their N1.5 billion is and what has become of it.”

Ahamba stated that justice must prevail in the matter, in view of the state’s scarce resources.

Furthermore, Ahamba wondered the person accused of stealing N458 million from the said contract money was yet to be prosecuted, ‘’since he had lost his immunity, if there are facts against him.

“Why is the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, sitting on the investigation of this matter? Why is it taking almost a year for the good people of Imo State to know the ownership of the accounts into which the money was said to have been divided and paid?”
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