Court threatens NDA Commandant with jail sentence

It was gathered that a Kaduna State High Court yesterday threatened to jail the Commandant of Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, Kaduna, Major General Muhammed Inuwa Idris over contempt of court order.

The court’s warning was contained in ‘Form 48′, dated 25th May, 2015 and signed by the Registrar of the court Abubakar Habib. It was said to have been served on the Commandant through ‎courier since last Thursday.

The court document, titled; ‘Notice of Consequences of Disobedience to Court Order”, ‎reads: “To Major General Muhammed Inuwa Idris (Commandant of Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna).

“Take notice that the judgement creditors will on 18th day of June, 2015 at 9am in the forenoon, apply to this court for an order for your committal to proson for having disobeyed the perpetual order of injunction of this court made on 10th April 2014, restraining the defendants, especiall the 2nddefendant, NDA, whether by themselves, agents, servants, workmen, officers, privies and assigns whomsoever and howsoever otherwise from trespassing upon or disturbing the 1st and 2nd plaintiffs enjoyment of the properties known as Flat 4, no 11 Gongola Road, Barnawa and flat d, no. 36A Gongola Road, Barnawa, Kaduna.

“And firther take notice that you are hereby required to attend the court on the fore mentioned day to show cause why an order for your committal should not be made”.

‎The issue hanging over the NDA Commandant had to do with two contentious property, both in Barnawa GRA, Kaduna formerly belonging to NDA. But they were sold to the l Mr. Joseph Kingo Lafidi (now late) and to D. Akpam (also of blessed memory). Both were then civilian staff of the military institution‎.

However, ‎widows of the late NDA staff , Mrs. Elizabeth J. Lafidi (1st Plaintif) and Dorcas D. Akpam (2nd Plaintiff) were evicted from the property in 2010 by the NDA authority . The widows however took the matter to court and won the case on April 2014.

But, the property were forcefully taken from them by the NDA.

‎Counsel to the widows, Barrister Lekan Oyerinde approached the same Kaduna State High Court in Suit No: KDH/KAD/737/2015, alleged that the NDA commandant acted against the Judgment of the court and forcefully evicted the ‘original owners’ using armed soldiers. The NDA disregarded several summons over the case of contempt against it.

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