The Managing Director and CEO of Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Prof. Mohammed Al-Amin,risks going to jail as the National Industrial Court has fixed July 8 to commence contempt proceedings against him.
The court presided by Justice Maureen Esowe, fixed the date following an application to commit Al-Amin to prison filed by the suspended Managing Director of Federal Housing Authority (FHA Homes) Ltd, Mr Roland Igbinoba.
Igbinoba initiated the contempt charge following Al-Amin’s alleged failure to obey Esowe’s ex-parte order on him, dated June 19, to reverse Igbinoba’s suspension.
Igbinoba, in the notice of consequences of disobedience of court order dated June 24, 2015, signed by the Court Registrar and obtained by the Street Journal on Saturday, is, therefore, praying the court to commit Al-Amin to prison for contempt.
It would be recalled that Igbinoba had sued the FHA, FHA Homes Ltd., and Al-Amin, as co-respondents in the suit over his purported suspension by Al-Amin.
Justice Esowe had ordered both parties in the suit marked NICN/ABJ/194/2015 to maintain status quo ante bellum until the suit is heard and determined.
The court had given an interim injunction restraining the respondents from giving effect to the purported suspension of Igbinoba from office, pending the hearing and determination of the suit.
It had also ordered the respondents to reverse all steps taken by them pursuant to acting on the purported letter of suspension given to the claimant, pending the suit’s determination.
The claimant, in the suit filed by his counsel, Mr Chukwunweike Okafor, also sought a declaration that he is the substantive MD/CEO of FHA Homes Ltd., among others.