A mild drama ensued at the Federal High Court Lagos today as officers from the Police Force CID Abuja attempted to arrest the Managing Director of HealthPlus Limited, Mrs. Bukky George at the premises of the court after the court proceedings where parties had made undertaking to maintain status quo and ensure the preservation of the res.
The attempt to arrest Mrs. George which was brought to the notice of the court by her counsel angered the Judge, Justice Oguntoyinbo who immediately ordered the police to obey the order of court or be liable for contempt.
It all started after the court had adjourned to 27th November, 2020 for hearing of all pending application in the suit. According to Mrs. George’s counsel, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde SAN, she was accosted by the Policemen on her way out of the court premises in disobedient to the order of court that parties should maintain status quo. Upon hearing the above development, Justice Oguntoyinbo wordered as follows:
- That the Court, in the absence of the Counsel to the 2″d, 4th & 5th Respondents, having heard of what transpired after the Court’s earlier proceedings and in consideration· of the undertaking of Oluseye Opesanya SAN, that his clients will not subvert the Court’s proceedings and orders and will await the decision of Court of the 2nd, 4th and 5th Respondents’ Motion for stay of proceedings pending arbitration scheduled to be heard on the 27/11/20, now orders that all parties to this action shall maintain· status quo until the Court has determined the Motion for stay of the 2nd, 4th and 5th Respondents.
- That the Police officers, having being in Court, particularly the lady dressed improperly this morning, are compelled to obey this order of Court
- That anybody who attempts to disobey the order of this Court will be in .contempt of this Court and shall bear the consequences.
Mrs. George in a suit with No. FHC/L/CS/609/2020 filed against six Respondents; HealthPlus Limited, HealthPlus Africa Holdings, Dr Ayo Salami, Ms Afsane Jetha, Mr Zacharty Fond and Mr Deji Akinyanju is seeking among other reliefs an order of the Honourable Court to stop her removal as CEO of the 1st Respondent.
While the suit was pending and prior to hearing Mrs. George’s motion for injunction, the Board of HealthPlus Limited had allegedly removed Mrs. George as the CEO of the company. (Read here)
The court adjourned the suit to 27th November, 2020 for hearing of all pending applications.