Arc. Nnimmo Bassey, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), and a former staff of the same organisation, Chima Williams have been reportedly dragged before the Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos for contempt of court.
Mike Karikpo, Director of Programmes of ERA/FoEN who disclosed this to newsmen in Benin a statement stated that Messrs Bassey and Williams have severally violated a court order with “reckless abandon and utter disregard to the rule of law, hence the decision to slam them with contempt of court.”
He stated further that an application to draw their attention to the contempt of court process has being filed against the duo of failing to obey the court order would be made to appear before the court to tell the court why they have continually breached the court order.
Karikpo therefore appealed to the Global Green Grants and Friends of the Earth International to call its former Chairman and Executive Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HoMEF) to order to avoid the simmering crisis arising from the conflict of interest.
Recall that the Federal High Court order made on 7th October, 2020 had restrained the duo of Nnimmo Bassey and Chima Williams from parading themselves as the Board Chairman and acting Executive Director of ERA/FoEN respectively.
The incumbent Executive Director of the organization, Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo and three others had in a suit no: FHC/L/CS/1421/2020 sued Messrs Bassey over conflict of interest and abuse of office.
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