Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation minister, has instituted a contempt proceedings against the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, over the inclusion of his name in the looters’ list recently released by the Federal Government.
Recall that Fani-Kayode was named among alleged looters of national treasury in second list released by Federal Government.
Against this backdrop, the former minister instituted a legal action against Mohammed at a Lagos Federal High Court.
Speaking during Monday’s proceedings on the case, the former minister’s lawyer, Ferdinand Orbih informed Justice Rilwan Aikawa that his application against Mohammed was brought pursuant to the provisions of the Sheriffs and Civil Processes Act, as well as the Court’s Civil Procedure Rules.
Orbih said his application was seeking leave of the court to serve the motion on notice on Mohammed for alleged acts of contempt.
He informed the court that Mohammed had published a list of looters recently which had his client as number 19 on the list.
According to Orbih, such act should be seen as very serious and also as an attempt to interfere with the proceedings before the court and portrays Fani-Kayode as already guilty of the charges preferred against him.
Ruling on the application, Justice Aikawa held, “I have perused the application including the supporting affidavits and I am satisfied that the application ought to be granted.
“The application is granted, save that it should be served on his confidential Secretary in Abuja.”
Justice Aikawa adjourned further hearing till October 2.