Oyo Govt. Reacts To Garnishee Order Of Court On Local Government Accounts
Oyo state has reacted to garnishee order of court on local government accounts.
Naijanewshub.com.ng reports that Oyo State government has in Monday reacted to garnishee order of the court over its local government accounts the state Attorney General of state and commissioner for justice, Prof. Oyewole Oyelowo SAN.
Recall that a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja issued an order attaching funds standing to the credit of Oyo State Government and its agencies in four banks over unpaid salaries of former local government chairmen and councillors. Justice A. O. Ebong issued the order while ruling on a motion ex-parte for garnishee order nisi filed by the ex-chairmen and councillors led by Bashorun Majeed Ajuwon and Idris Okusesi.
The Attorney General of the State and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Oyelowo Oyewo, SAN, who addressed the issue through a press statement made available to journalists in Ibadan the Capital City of Oyo state said: “The state is not in disobedience of the court order.
He further noted that “Out of N4.2b, we have paid N1.5bn and we were also in the process of paying. But because of the cash swap policy, that disrupted our plans, so, the finances were disrupted and we could not.
“We are not in disobedience of the Court and we are going to go to the court, and also we observed that the Federal Capital Territory does not have jurisdiction on that matter, but these are matters that will be brought before the court.
“Oyo State is amenable to instalmental payment and even the judgements that were given during Ajimobi’s administration, we are still paying them. The obligation that the payment has is spread across the spectrum.
“At the end of the day, the court will give a hearing and we are amenable to installmental payment and we are still going to go to court and quash the order.” Oyelowo said.