The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) in Abuja has issued a bench warrant against the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB)’s Director of Operations, Ferdinand Abua, following his failure to honour a subpoena.
Justice Osatohanmwen Obaseki-Osaghae, who made the warrant, also ordered awarded cost of N300,000 against the NFVCB Board for disregarding the summons.
The defendants were absent from the proceedings of July 15, 2021 in a suit filed against the Board and its Executive Secretary, Alhaji Adebayo Thomas, by a former employee of the Board, Olushola Peace Anjorin.
The judge’s ruling followed Anjorin’s application made by his counsel Prof Joash Ojo Amupitan (SAN).
Olushola, an employee of NFVCB, had dragged the Board and Thomas before the court for alleged wrongful termination of his appointment in 2018, for being a ‘whistleblower’.
Anjorin, in the suit marked NICN/ABJ/269/2019, has asked the court to make an order for reinstatement with full salary and other entitlements paid.
The applicant averred that his appointment was unlawfully terminated, a year after the Board stopped his salary and other entitlements.
The court enrolled order reads: “Upon this suit coming up before this Honourable Court on the 15th July, 2021 for trial, The Applicant Present, Respondent Absent.
“Prof. J. O Amupitan SAN for the Applicant, with Francis Nwarah, Esq: M O Onyilokwu for the Respondents.
“And the court after hearing Prof J. O. Amupitan (SAN), counsel for the Applicant applying for a bench warrant
“It is hereby ordered that a bench warrant is issued against F. O Abua who must produce all the documents listed at the next adjourned date having frustrated today’s trial, the adjournment must be on terms.
“The learned SAN came from Jos, the claimant came from Lagos, cost of N300,000 (Three hundred thousand Naira) is to be paid by the 1st Defendant before the next adjourned date.
“The case is adjourned to November 4, 2021 for trial”.