President of the Nigeria Association of Auctioneers, NAA, Alhaji Aliyu Kiliya has called on the Inspector General of police and the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC to enforce the decision of the Federal high court, Bauchi that stopped the disposal of scrapped and obsolete items belonging to NITEL/MTEL worth about N300 billion.
The President was speaking to newsmen in Bauchi over the weekend where he said that in spite the court injunction, reports reaching him indicate that the items were still being sold through the back door and therefore called on the relevant security agencies to enforce the court order by protecting the items from being disposed through the back door.
He explained that a federal High Court sitting in Bauchi presided over by Justice Muhammed Garba Umar had granted an order stopping the auctioning of the said NITEL/MTEL items nationwide following the court process initiated by the association through their counsel, Barrister Ahmed Accanny for Baushe Chambers, Bauchi.
“What happened was that after the court injunction, both parties were asked to stay away and maintain status quo and the liquidator should not dispose any item of NITEL/MTEL but no action was taken by the police and the Civil Defence to enforce the law.
“Our lawyer had written to the IGP and Commandant General of Civil Defense Corps in a bid to ensure that nothing has been removed, but there wasn’t any action taken by these bodies to enforce the court injunction. The items are public property and the matter is before the court of law, so we want such agencies to protect these items,” he added
Also speaking, the trustee of the Association, Chief Saibu Akan warned members of the association not to collaborate with any individual or groups to dispose the NITEL/MTEL items since the court has ordered all parties involved to maintain status quo.
He warned all registered members of the Nigeria Association of Auctioneers not to participate in the sales of the items and any one that is involved will face disciplinary action from the body.