Court Summons Lagos AG, LASTMA Head Over Alleged Contempt 

Justice Tijjani Ringim of a Lagos Federal High Court, has ordered the Lagos State Attorney-General, the state’ Transport Commissioner and the Head of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to appear before his court over alleged continuing disobedience to two orders of the court.

Also ordered to appear before the court on the alleged contempt, is one Mr. I. A. James, a LASTMA official.

Justice Ringim compelled the appearance of the above listed alleged contemnors, after listening to Barrister Adeniyi Komolafe, who moved an application to commit them to prison, for wilfully disobeying two orders made by Justice O. E. Abang, in a suit marked FHC/L/CS/653/2011, and Justice J. T. Tsoho, in suit numbered FHC/L/CS/83/12, respectively, filed against them by Mr. Jonathan Ademola Odutola.

Odutola, had gotten two judgment against the alleged contemnors over his confiscated vehicles.

However, due to the alleged contemnors wilful disobedience to the two orders, the judgment creditor, Odutola through his lawyer, Komolafe, had filed Form 49 against the alleged contemnors.

Barrister Komolafe, while moving the Form 49, told the court that the application to commit the alleged contemnors on to prison, was pursuant to Section 72 of The Sheriffs And Civil Process Act Cap. S6 Laws Of The Federation Of Nigeria, Order 9 Rule 13 of the Judgment Enforcement Rules and Under the Court’s Inherent Jurisdiction.

The judgment creditor in affidavit in support of the contempt application deposed to by Azeez Badru, a Chief Litigation Officer in the law firm of Kehinde Osibona & Co., Solicitors to the Plaintiff, stated that the Court in a judgment delivered on September 16, 2011, restraining all the respondents whether by themselves, its servants, agents or otherwise howsoever called from continuing arrest and detention of the Plaintiffs vehicles and further violation on the Plaintiffs right to own properties. 

The deponent stated that all the respondents participated fully at the proceedings of the Court and were aware of the said orders of the Court. Adding that the respondents had deliberately and arrogantly refused to obey the said orders of the Court and have continued and still continues to violate the right of the Plaintiff and to release the detained vehicles as ordered by the Court. 

The deponent stated that despite the fact that the respondents awareness of the said orders the Plaintiff caused to be served on the Respondents Form 48 (Notice of Consequences of Disobedience to Order of the Court) on the first and second contemnors on the 14 February, 2022 and the third contemnor was equally served on the 10 February, 2022. 

He stated that the alleged contemnors still refuses to comply with the said orders and had continued to disobey the subsisting orders of this Honourable Court thereby rendering them nugatory. Adding that office of the fourth respondent blocked all the access possible for the Plaintiff to reap the dividend of the judgments refusing to release two of the vehicles apprehended. 

He therefore urged the court to Court to grant the prayers sought on the Motion paper and to commit the respondent to prison for wilfully disobedience to orders of the court.

Justice Ringim after listening to the judgment creditor’s lawyer, ordered all the alleged contemnors before the court on November 15, 2023, while also the ordered that hearing notice be issued and served on all the alleged contemnors.