BREAKING: ICPC Exposed For Obtaining ‘Fraudulent’ Court Order Against Former PPMC Boss

By Post-Nigeria: November 5, 2019 21:52

BREAKING: ICPC Exposed For Obtaining ‘Fraudulent’ Court Order Against Former PPMC Boss

Ade Adedeji, SAN, the Lawyer to Blaid Group, has on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, reacted to a report published by The Nation, on Monday, November 4, 2019, where it stated that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, had secured an interim forfeiture order from a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to seize an alleged N2.4 billion from a former Managing Director of the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company, PPMC, Mr. Haruna Momoh, and some other alleged sums from his wife, Mrs. Momoh.

The statement reads in full:

We have read the publications in the newspapers, today, and for the avoidance of doubt, we confirm that the order obtained by ICPC, which we have since confirmed through a search of the records of court, is a calculated scheme by ICPC to pervert justice. Indeed, we can confirm that on 4th July, 2019, Blaid Group and Mrs. Momoh obtained judgment at the Federal High Court, which judgement permanently settled issues between parties in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/132/2019. As it is also the right of parties, ICPC had appealed the judgment through filing of Notice of Appeal, etc. 

But rather than prosecute their appeal, they surreptitiously approached the FCT High Court and misled the court, as if the appeal never existed; and without disclosing to the new court that there was judgment of the Federal High Court against them, they moved the court ex-parte, to grant an order of temporary forfeiture.

The act of ICPC, which has become a pattern to score cheap publicity and enhance their deliberate scheme of boosting their image as hard-working and crime busters where there is none, is a shame, a travesty of justice, a gross abuse of process of court, and of power granted them under their enabling law, which never anticipated it would be used for self-aggrandizement. This attitude needs to be condemned by every well-meaning Nigerian. It may also be of interest to note that in 2017, they had approached the FCT High Court, obtained similar order, went to the Press to run down the clients and their businesses. In similar pattern, they had concocted facts, misrepresented facts to court. In the ruling of court vacating/setting aside the order, the court in Suit No. FCT/HC/M/5388/17, had castigated ICPC for obtaining order fraudulently.

We have identified Counsels that are often engaged to commit these atrocities and on clients’ instructions, are considering the relevant provisions of Legal Practitioners’ Act, as it relates to discipline of Counsel in such circumstances.

Grateful that our laws provide for necessary relief in the face of such reckless abuse, and immediate steps are being taken to vacate the order. More importantly, we are also considering filing petitions against Counsel involved in misrepresenting facts to court to obtain ex-parte order, which ordinarily would not have been granted.

It is our responsibility to do everything possible lawfully to ensure this nonsense is abated.