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Maranatha University: Proprietor, others, risk jail term over alleged contempt of Court

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The proprietor and promoters of Maranatha College, Mgbidi in Imo State stand the chance of jail phrases for allegedly flouting Court docket orders in land seize case pending on the Federal Excessive Court docket Owerri.

On Friday, the Hon. Justice Dalyop Pam led Federal Excessive Court docket sitting in Port Harcourt granted an order of depart for the plaintiffs to maneuver a movement to commit Maranatha College and its proprietor and servants to jail for alleged contempt of courtroom.

The plaintiffs, Ogbonna Betram Dike and a pair of others approached the courtroom because of
alleged persevering with announcement within the radio, newspapers and tv on Maranatha College admission.

The plaintiffs averred that admission commercial and opening of the establishment was opposite to the pending injunction by the Federal Excessive Court docket, Owerri issued on twenty third July, 2021 for each events to take care of establishment pending the willpower of the substantive go well with.

The courtroom adjourned the listening to of committal proceedings to thirty first August 2021 for defendants to point out trigger why they shouldn’t be dedicated to jail for contempt for disobeying the order of courtroom made on twenty third July 2021.

In the meantime, DAILY POST earlier reported that the Federal Excessive Court docket Owerri stopped Maranatha College Mgbidi from the deliberate take off in September 2021 and ordered the events to take care of establishment as at twenty third July 2021.

This adopted the movement for injunction filed by the Dike Ada Royal household land homeowners and plaintiffs asking the courtroom to restrain Maranatha College from taking off, admitting college students or commencing tutorial actions on the land as deliberate.

The households of Dike Ada household of Umuchi Mgbidi, Oru West Native Authorities of Imo State joined the Nationwide Universities Fee (NUC), the Legal professional Common of the Federation, Federal Ministry of Schooling, Maranatha College and 4 others as defendants and respondents in that go well with.

The plaintiffs relied closely on Supreme Court docket judgement of the Southern Nigeria in 1912 and the Enchantment Court docket sitting in Calabar in 1916 in a Swimsuit No. FHC/OW/CS/94/2020, “as proven within the historical survey plan.”

Court docket stops Maranatha College from taking off pending willpower of lawsuit

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