A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja has summoned the Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Dr Lars Richter, to appear before it on April 19 to show cause why he should not be sent to prison for contempt.
The summon was sequel to an action filed by Anambra State-born businessman, John Ofole, who had secured victory, including some monetary compensation, after some years of legal fireworks with Julius Berger.
The construction giant in 2018 proceeded to the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal but lost.
While HuntAfirika Events Limited and Rose Crown Industries Limited were the claimants and applicants, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc was named the defendant/respondent in the application titled: ‘Notice to show cause why order of committal should not be made.”
The Form 100 FCT Civil Procedure Rule 2018 with Ref. No. FCT/HC/CV/1490/2013 and filed by a legal practitioner, John Ainetor of Festus Keyamo chambers on behalf of Ofole was obtained by newsmen.
The document reads partly, “Take notice that this Honourable Court shall be moved on April 19, 2021 at the hour of 9’ o’clock in the fore noon, or soon thereafter, as counsel may be heard on behalf of the applicant, applying to this Honourable Court for an order of committal of Engr. Dr Lars Richter, (Managing Director, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Utako, Abuja), to prison for having disobeyed the orders of Honourable Justice A.S. Umar, (formerly of the FCT High Court, Abuja, now Justice, Court of Appeal) dated June 16 2017.”
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