LAGOS â€” A Judge sitting in the High Court of Lagos State in Lagos Judicial Division, Justice Y. A. Adesanya (Mrs),Â has issued Form 48, a notice of consequences of disobedience to court against Lagos lawyers, Fetus Keyamo and Tony Onyima of the Sun newspapers.
The order which was issued on March 29, 2010, reads: â€œTake notice that unless you obey the directions contained in this order, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.â€
Justice Adesanya had on January 15, 2010 in Suit No M/133/2006 between Olajide Ibrahim and Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, Comptroller-General of Customs, granted an order, â€œrestraining the applicant and respondent either by themselves, through counsel, agents, privies or relatives from publishing in any media house or the Internet, the proceedings in the suit without the leave of the court.â€
The case was brought pursuant to Order 39 Rule 1&2 of the High Court of Lagos State (Civil Procedure) Rules 2004 and under the inherent jurisdiction of the court.
But since the order was granted, Keyamo, counsel to Olajide, had allegedly continued to feature issues in dispute in the media especially in his weekly column in the Sun newspapers without due regard to the order of the court restraining him and others from doing so.
When it became clear that Keyamo would not heed the courtâ€™s order, Dikko, through his lawyers, went back to the court to seek an order to commit Keyamo for contempt.
This was necessitated by the fact that in spite of the 15 January 2010 order by the court that no proceedings of the court should be published by any media house or Internet, Keyamo had published in his column in the Sunday Sun ofÂ 28 March, 2010 a story entitled: â€œUpdate on Dikko Saga,â€ which has been alleged to be a clear violation of the order of the High Court.