FCT minister, Nyesom Wike has accused the legal department of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) of connivance in the award of $800 million garnishee order against it, but which was recently set aside by the Court of Appeal.
Wike disclosed this while swearing in FCTA Mandate Secretaries.
Mandate secretaries hold a role equivalent to state commissioners
According to reports, the garnishee order, which the FCTA appealed and got a judgement in its favour was awarded to the Nigeria Film Corporation, for a breach of the contractual obligation.
The minister lamented that the substantial award would affect the economy of the FCTA and its ability to meet its obligations.
“I must also address the recent garnishee order to the sum over $800 million, which was a particularly embarrassing incident. I am determined to get to the bottom of this matter and ensure that such situations do not recur. Transparency and accountability will be hallmarks of our administration.
“The garnishee order was awarded recently and set aside by the Appeal Court. But it was in collusion with the legal department in FCTA. So, we are happy we have a General Counsel that is tested. So many things – land racketeers conniving with those going to court against the interest of FCTA. But we shall not accept that,” Wike vowed.