Nigeria: MASSOB Leader, Uwazuruike Jailed For Contempt In Land Matter
Justice Kemakolam Ojiako of High Court Owerri made the order on June 6, 2018, in the civil case, nos HOW/265/2013, between Uwazuruike (plaintiff) and Barr. Chigozie Iheama and others over a land dispute.
Ruling on the motion on notice filed on July 6, 2017, by C.K. Okorie, counsel to the defendant, praying the court to commit the plaintiff/contemnor to prison for disobeying the order of the court, Justice Ojiako ruled, “The plaintiff, Chief Raphael Uwazuruike, is hereby found guilty of contempt/disobedience to the said order of court made on April 2, 2017.
“That the plaintiff, Chief Raphael Uwazuruike, is hereby committe/sentenced to prison custody and shall be so detained for a period of one month from the date of his commitment to prison”.
The judge also restrained Uwazuruike, his agents, privies or servants from entering into the said land pending the determination of the action.
As the judge adjourned proceedings to July 10, 2018, Emmanuel Chukwuka, counsel to the MASSOB/BIM leader, said that they had earlier appealed the contempt proceedings at the Appeal Court, which was slated for hearing on October 2, 2019, but the judge has continued with the contempt proceedings.