Special Adviser on Chieftaincy and Town Union Matters, Barr. Ikechukwu Onyeabo may have disobeyed a court order restraining him from constituting a caretaker committee for Amaokpala community in Orumba North Local Government Area.
Justice Pete Obiorah had issued the order on 15th December 2014 and a further contempt issued on 18th day of December , 2014 contempt as contained on form 48, the Special Adviser has neither conform to the order nor submit himself for contempt of the court.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday recalls that the state Attorney General and nine others including the then Special Adviser on Chieftaincy and Town Union Matters, Barr. RO Udemgba and others were served the order.
The order followed an establishment of a Caretaker committee by Udemgba and the elected town union government in Amaokpala secured an order from Ekwulobia High Court stopping the caretaker, as there was no issue previously raised against them that could not be resolved to their knowledge for government to intervene with a Caretaker committee. Two nominees had declined to serve in the committee.
Also, on July 23 this year, the new Special Adviser extended the tenure of the supposedly dormant Caretaker Committee led by Hon. Alex Benson Nwankwo as Chairman and Ichie Sabastine Ogumelu as Secretary. But two members of the eight-man committee Mr. Donatus Nwankwo and Mr. Cyril Egwuonwu again rejected their nomination, while others that accepted to serve were Ichie Francis Nwankwo, Ichie Peter Ezeugo, Mr. Simon Onyekwelu and Ichie Christian Nwankwo.
Already a substantive suit with suit no AG/MISC.47/2014 has been instituted at the Ekwulobia High Court, Aguata judicial Division presided over Justice PC Obiorah by Nze Philip Nwaogu, President General Amaokpala Development Union; his second vice, Kenneth Okolo and Assistant Secretary, Ogechukwu Onwumelu, for themselves and on behalf of other elected officers of the Amaokpala Development Union against the state Attorney General, Special Adviser on Town Union and Chieftaincy matters as well as the Caretaker Committee leadership led by Hon. Alex Ben Nwankwo as and Ichie Sabastine Ogumelu and others.
The court after listening to counsels to the applicants SAM Ofokansi, Mrs. Charity Madukaife , Mrs. RO Udoka as well as SU Anyia holding brief for PI Ikwueto for the respondents on the pending interlocutory Appeal on the matter ordered, “the court will respect the proceedings at the court of Appeal and await its outcome. That the parties are restrained from doing any act which affects the subject matter of the suit and must also await the court of Appeal.
“That the respondents are restrained from conducting any election or doing anything in violation to the claims of the Applicants in this suit until the determination of the case at the court of Appeal and final determination of the substantive case by the High Court. That the case is adjourned sine die,
“The court order motion granted on October 23, 2014 made a declaration that the 2nd respondent (Special Adviser to Governor on Town Union and Chieftaincy Matters) lacks the legal competence/authority to appoint a caretaker committee for Amaokpala Development /Town Union or interfere in any manner howsoever with the administration of Amaokpala Development Union.
“A declaration that 2nd respondent (Special Adviser to Governor on Town Union and Chieftaincy Matters) acted in excess and abuse of his powers by purporting to appoint a caretaker committee for Amaokpala Development/Town Union as contained in the 2nd respondent’s letter of September 8, 2014 to the applicants and people of Amaokpala Community.
“A declaration that the said decision of 2nd respondent to appoint a caretaker committee for Amaokpala Development/Town union as contained in the 2nd respondent’s letter of September 8, 2014 was reached in breach of the rules of fair hearing/natural justice as enshrined in section 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , 1999, and is liable to be quashed by order of certiorari.
“An order of injunction , restraining the respondents either by themselves or through their officers , servants , agents or privies from in any manner howsoever giving effect or continuing to give effect to the 2nd respondent appointing a Caretaker committee constituted by 3rd to 10th respondents for Amaokpala Development/Town Union.”
Meanwhile, a joint meeting of the Igwe in council led by the traditional ruler of Amaokpala, Igwe Cyprian O Okeke and Amaokpala Development Union Executive Committee considered the report of the panel set up to investigate the situation and resolved that Mr. Emmanuel Ikwueto was responsible for the disruption of the meeting of the union of December 2013 and should write a letter of apology to the President General and Amaokpala community for his misconduct. He was banned from chairing or heading any meeting of Amaokpala for 3 years.

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