LG autonomy: JUSUN obtains order to garnishee Niger, Kogi government accounts
The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has obtained an “order nisi” to garnishee money belonging to Niger and Kogi states governments, domiciled in eight different banks in Minna and Lokoja.
JUSUN, being the plaintiff and applicant had dragged the Niger and Kogi states governments before a Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking an “order nisi,” to garnishee the money belonging to the state governments.
For Niger, the accounts are Zenith Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc both domiciled in Minna branch, while for Kogi State, the banks are Zenith Bank Plc, Access Bank Plc, UBA, Fidelity Bank Plc, First Bank Plc and Guarantee Bank Plc all domiciled in Lokoja.
In a judgement given by the presiding judge, Justice B. O. Quadri last Friday, the court granted an “order nisi,” against the government of Niger State, referred to as the 53rd and 54th judgement Debtors/Respondents, in the case.
After the hearing, Justice Ouadri said that “an order nisi is hereby made against the 53rd and 54th judgement debtor/respondents in respect of the accounts of the said 53rd and 54th respondents domiciled with Zenith Bank Plc, Minna branch and Access Bank Plc, Minna branch respectively
“That the Ganishees are hereby ordered to show cause why an order absolute should not be made against them to pay the judgement creditor/applicant in the aforestated accounts domiciled with the within named banks.
“That case stands adjourned till 6th December, 2018 for the garnishees to show cause.”
In an affidavit in support of the application sworn to by Barrister Placidus Nnamani, Legal Adviser to JUSUN, the Union prayed the court to issue an order nisi on the bank accounts “to satisfy the judgement awarded in favour of the judgement creditor/applicant by this honourable court on the 13th January, 2014.”
The suit with number FHC/ABJ/CS/667/13 also seek: ‘’An order directing the garnishee banks to appear before this honourable court and show cause why an order absolute should not be made against them to pay the judgment creditor/applicant in their various accounts domiciled with them sufficient to satisfy the judgment delivered on the 13th January, 2014.”