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Industrial Court orders CBN to pay N140m in favour of Judgment Creditor within 14 day

4045 Friday 17th December 2021

Hon. Justice Olufunke Anuwe of the Abuja Judicial division of the National Industrial Court has ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria to pay the sum of One Hundred and Forty-Nine Million, Two Hundred and Five thousand into the court account for the benefit of the judgment creditor- Mr. Stacy Johnson within 14 days.

From facts, the judgment creditor- Mr. Stacy Johnson had approached the court to enforce payment of the judgment sum awarded to him in the summary judgment delivered on 3rd November 2020, and the court made an order Nisi on 25th March 2021, ordered the garnishee-CBN to show cause why an order Absolute should not be made.

Furthermore, in compliance with the order of the court that mandated the Central Bank of Nigeria to present the statement of the accounts of the Nigeria Police Force and the Federal Ministry of Justice in its custody showing the balances of the accounts within 21 days,  the Learned Senior Counsel for the Garnishee-CBN, Chief A. O. Ajana SAN stated that the CBN maintains the Treasury Single Account which is a consolidated account containing the revenue receipts and income of the legislature, executive, judiciary and all other government departments and agencies, that by the nature of the account, it is not possible to ascertain the balances due to individual persons like the judgment debtors.

In opposition, the judgment creditor through his counsel, Godswill  Esq averred that the first judgment debtor- Inspector General of Police has an account domicile with the CBN and the account balance of the said account is ascertainable and sufficient to pay the judgment debt, urged the court to grant the reliefs sought.

Delivering the ruling after careful evaluation of the submission of both parties, the presiding Judge, Justice Olufunke Anuwe held that, the fact that the amount due to the Judgment debtors in the Treasury Single Account is not ascertainable as claimed by the Garnishee does not matter, that the fact that the judgment debtors-Inspector General of Police and the Federal Ministry of Justice are part owners of the money in the Treasury Single Account renders the money attachable for the satisfaction of the judgment debt owed by the judgment debtors from the monies held in the Treasury Single Account.

“Accordingly, the garnishee Order Nisi is made Absolute. The garnishee is ordered to pay the judgment debt in the sum of ?149, 205, 199,45 into this court for the benefit of the judgment creditor. This order must be performed by the garnishee within 14 days from today.” Justice Anuwe ruled.   


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