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N3.5bn Debt: Abuja High Court freezes Oyo State’s accounts in 10 Banks (Full List)

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

*The Judge of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, issues an order freezing accounts of the Oyo State Government in 10 commercial banks, and awards N300,000.00 as a cost against the judgement debtors, ordering that a copy of the order be served on Governor Seyi Makinde and others

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In a bid to recover the balance of N3.5billion outstanding payment from the N4.9billion  actual judgement sum from which Makinde paid only N1.5billion last year, a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, has issued an order freezing the accounts of the Oyo State Government in 10 commercial banks in the country.

ConsumerConnect reports Justice Anitte Ebong issued the said in a ruling on a garnishee proceeding initiated by ex-Local Council Chiefs in Oyo State, whom Governor Seyi Makinde sacked May 29, 2019, and the plaintiffs, in 2021, had got a N4.9billion judgement against thegovernor, and other officials and agencies of the state.

The garnishee proceeding is intended by the ex-Council Chiefs, led by Bashorun Majeed Ajuwon, to recover the balance of N3.5billion which is outstanding from the actual judgement sum, from which Makinde paid only N1.5billion 2022.

The banks in which the Oyo State Government’s accounts are blocked are Zenith Bank, United Bank of Africa (UBA), Wema Bank, First Bank of Nigeria, Ecobank, Guaranty Trust Bank, Access Bank, Polaris Bank, Jaiz Bank and Union Bank.

Justice Ebong, in a ruling, ordered the banks to file affidavits and attend the court on the next adjourned date to show cause why the garnishee orders nisi hereby granted should not be made absolute.

The Judge awarded N300,000.00 as a cost against the judgement debtors and ordered that a copy of the order be served on Governor Makinde and others, and adjourned till January 5 next year for hearing.

It is also recalled that when the Supreme Court, May 7, 2021, gave judgement, voiding Makinde’s sack of elected Local Government Chairmen and Councillors in Oyo State. The highest court in Nigeria also gave a similar judgement in respect of Katsina State, and ordered both states to pay the salaries and allowances of the effected ex-council chiefs.

Justice Ejembi Eko, who delivered the lead judgment in the Oyo State case, condemned the decision by Makinde for unlawful sack of the “elected Council Chiefs before the end of their tenure.”

While the Katsina State Government has since paid its ex-council chiefs, who were unlawfully sacked, the Oyo State Government, under Makinde has failed to pay the ex-council chiefs he sacked before the end of their tenure, and which sack the Supreme Court of Nigeria voided in its May 7, 2021 judgement, according to report.

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