Court Begins Contempt Proceedings Against FCT Minister, Wike

The National Industrial Court in Abuja has begun contempt proceedings against the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike and others over alleged disregard of a series of court orders.

The court affirmed Alhaji Faruk Abubakar as the Abuja Markets Management Limited’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (AMML).

This was a sequel to the decision of the Minister to include the Managing Director of the AMML in the list of heads of agencies dissolved on September 27.

Naija News recalls that on September 27, Wike had relieved the heads of 21 parastatals, agencies and government companies of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) of their appointments with immediate effect, including AMML.

The contempt charge, filed by Abubakar, also joined the FCTA, AMML and Abuja Investments Company Limited (AICL) as 2nd to 4th defendants, respectively, including the former acting MD of AMML, Yakubu Abbas.

In Form 48 marked NICN/ABJ/62/2023, dated and filed on November 3, the application was titled: “Notice of Consequences of Disobedience to Order of Court.”

The application reads: “Take notice that unless you (the defendants) obey the orders and directions contained in the judgment of the court on July 20 and the order of this Honourable Court made on July 26, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.”

Following the dissolution, Abubakar’s counsel, Faruk Khamagam, had written to Wike on September 28 to inform him about the peculiar situations surrounding the agency’s headship and the legal tussle that preceded his appointment as Minister.

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Khamagam, in the letter, told Wike a series of court judgments that affirmed Abubakar’s status as substantive MD of AMML.

The contempt proceeding was against the allegation that the Minister and others were acting in disobedience to the orders of the industrial court made on July 20, restraining them from giving effect to the purported letter of termination of the employment of Abubakar as the AMML’s MD.

Justice R.B.Haastrup had restrained the defendants from giving effect to the termination of the employment of Abubakar Usman Faruk as the M.D of AMML, which was contained in their letter dated July 17 until the hearing and determination of the counterpart motion on notice.

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