Court orders CBN, others to pay judgement compensation in 48 hours

A Federal High Court in Abuja has asked the acting Governor of the Central Bank of Nigerian (CBN), Dr. Sarah Alade, to appear before it to explain why she should not be committed to prison for allegedly refusing to pay the family of Nung Udo Idiong, parents and guardians of the late Rosemary Ndere a judgment sum of N300, 050, 000.

Mr Friday Ukpong, who joined the Chief of Naval Staff, the Nigerian Navy, the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, the Ministry of Defence, the Attorney General of the Federation as judgement debtors/respondents and the CBN as the garnishee/respondent on behalf of the family of the late Rosemary Ndere, got a judgement from a Federal High Court in Calabar directing the respondents to pay him N300, 050, 000 as damages for the killing of the 13-year Rosemary by a Naval Officer in 2007 in Calabar.

Disturbed by the refusal of the garnishee/respondent (CBN) to pay the money as ordered by the court, the family and guardians of the late Rosemary, represented by Mr Friday Ukpong, approached a Federal High Court in Abuja with a motion seeking an order directing the garnishee/respondent (CBN) to pay the sum as exemplary damages and/or substantial compensation for the loss of their daughter, whom they described was a succour to them.

“It is hereby ordered as follows; an order is hereby made varying the Garnishee Order absolute made on 23rd March, 2012 by directing the Garnishee to pay the judgement sum of N300, 050, 00 into the judgement creditor solicitor’s account forthwith.

“An order is hereby made directing the Garnishee to file an affidavit of compliance to the above within 48 hours from service of the order and that the cost of N50, 000 is awarded against the Garnishee in favoiur of the judgement/Applicants,” the judge said.

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