The Abuja division of the Federal High Court has clarified that it never made an order sacking the Prof. Dabiel Pondei-led Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
This is based on an announcement made out there to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja.
The assertion mentioned Justice Ahmed Mohammed solely granted depart to the candidates to start authorized actions in opposition to the interim administration board of the NDDC.
Recall that over the previous few months, the IMC of the NDDC had been a topic of media protection particularly with regards to an alleged order of Justice A. R. Muhammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja suspending or disbanding the committee.
However, based on the assertion, the case was struck out on Jan. 13, 2021and the choose never made any order suspending or disbanding the IMC.
It defined that fairly, what the choose did which was misrepresented in the press was to grant depart (permission) to the plaintiff to file a case for mandamus in opposition to the defendants, praying for the orders which the plaintiff hooked up to the movement for depart as required by legislation.
This, it mentioned was particularly as a result of at that stage, the court docket might not have granted these orders but since all the plaintiff prayed for was solely depart to file for mandamus and not for the grant of these orders.
It added that in the proceedings of Dec.8, 2020, the court docket requested to see the reporters who originated the story of the purported sack of the IMC and noticed that the mischief originated from the legal professionals to the plaintiff.
“They were consequently instructed to go and correct the impression created,” the assertion mentioned.
It mentioned the plaintiff’s lawyer never appeared in the case after then till it was finally struck out on January 13, 2021.
It expressed shock that the case was cited as a foundation for the govt motion by the presidency dissolving the IMC and appointing a sole administrator particularly when the minister of Niger Delta is himself a lawyer and additionally a celebration in the case who must know that there was no such order made.
The assertion expressed hope that the presidency would act on the latest judgement of the court docket and reinstate the Prof. Pondei-led IMC of the NDDC.
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