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Court summons Keyamo over contempt

By Ise-Oluwa Ige

ABUJA—An Abuja High Court sitting in Gudu yesterday ordered Lagos based lawyer, Mr Festus Keyamo to appear before it on April 21, this year to explain why he should not be committed to prison for flouting its order.

The high court judge, Justice A M Talba gave the order yesterday at the resumed hearing of the case.

The Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko Inde had commenced the contempt proceedings before the Abuja high court sitting in Gudu to jail Lagos lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo for contempt of court.

Keyamo, it would be recalled, had, accused the Customs boss, Alhaji Dikko of involvement in certificate forgery and had circulated petitions regarding the allegation to various authourities.

Even though the matter was before the court, Keyamo was allegedly using his column in a national daily to try the Customs boss on the pages of newspaper without any opportunity for the accused to defend himself.

The Customs boss had complained loudly in court over the conduct of Keyamo and later procured an order stopping the Lagos lawyer from further publishing or causing publication of anything having to do with the matter pending determination of the case in court.

But following the failure by Keyamo to stop discussing the matter on the pages of newspaper contrary to the order of the high court, the Customs boss first filed Form 48 and later Form 49, against Keyamo.

The trial high court has already summoned Keyamo to show cause why he should not be committed to prison for flouting its valid order.


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