Paris Club: Court re­fuses ap­pli­ca­tion to stop Nwoko’s fee

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By John Chuks Azu

A Fed­eral High Court in Abuja yes­ter­day re­fused an ap­pli­ca­tion by the Rivers State Govern­ment seek­ing to stop the pay­ment of N1 bil­lion con­sul­tancy/le­gal fees to for­mer law­maker, Mr Ned Nwoko.

Jus­tice Nnamdi Dimgba re­fused the ap­pli­ca­tion on the grounds that the amount was part of con­sent judgment agreed by the Nige­rian Gov­er­nors Fo­rum (NGF), as con­sul­tancy fee for the re­cov­ery of N522.74 bil­lion for­eign loans de­duc­tions.

An­other Fed­eral High Court judge, Jus­tice Gabriel Ko­la­wole had on May 9 en­dorsed the sum of N1bn agreed by the NGF as le­gal fees out of the N22bn de­manded by Nwoko.

Nwoko through his coun­sel, K.C.O Nje­manze (SAN) brought a gar­nishee ap­pli­ca­tion seek­ing to deduct the sum from source.

But Rivers State through its coun­sel, Ezenwa Ibeg­bunam brought a pre­lim­i­nary ob­jec­tion seek­ing to ad­journ the gar­nishee in­def­i­nitely, adding that the state never agreed on the terms for the de­duc­tions.

In a writ of sum­mons filed against the NGF and seven oth­ers, Nwoko sought an or­der of court di­rect­ing the fo­rum to pay his con­sul­tancy/le­gal fees from the N413.6 bil­lion al­ready re­leased by the Fed­eral Govern­ment, as agreed in his en­gage­ment let­ter to re­cover the ac­cru­als from the funds wrongly de­ducted by the Paris Club and Lon­don Club be­tween 1995 and 2005.

A new date for hear­ing will be de­cided by the court.

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