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School protests alleged barricade of school by bank in FCT

School protests alleged barricade of school by bank in FCT

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Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

The White Plains British School, Abuja, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to order the removal of concrete blockades erected by First Bank of Nigeria.

The school alleged that the barricades blocked vehicular and pedestrian traffic into its premises in Jabi, Abuja.

In an application filed on behalf of the school by its corporate owner, the White Plains British School Limited and France Lee Nigeria Limited, the applicants alleged that FBN sealed off the school on July 17, 2018 in violation of the court’s judgment of November 18, 2016.

The applicants who have pleaded with the court for an urgent hearing of their application seeking various orders, alleged that the bank deployed “self-help” in sealing off the school on a Sunday in violation of the court judgment.

They argued, through their lawyer, Mr. Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN), that using the police to seal off the school on a Sunday violated the provisions of Order II Rule 4 of the judgments (Enforcement Rules), Rules of Court, Sherriffs and Civil Process Act.

They also alleged that the bank “suddenly introduced and used forged document which they tagged ‘Tripartite Legal Mortgage’ to obtain the November 18, 2016 judgment.”

They attached to their suit a copy of the petition which they claimed to have sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes inviting the anti-corruption agency to investigate the alleged forgery.

They claimed that out of the N690m the school owed the bank, N390m was meant to be a refund of the loan granted to the school by Guaranty Trust Bank, N100m for completion of some blocks on the premises, and N200m for the running of the school.

The school claimed that the bank deducted N188.6m as “perfection charges” from the N200m meant for the school’s running cost.

The judgment referred to by the applicants was delivered by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja in a debt recovery suit filed by First Bank of Nigeria and its receiver, Mr. Bola Olotu, against White Plains British School and France Lee Nigeria Limited.

The said judgment affirmed Bola Olotu as the duly appointed receiver brought in by the bank for the recovery of a total of N690m debt from the school and asked Olotu to take over the “finance activity of the school.”

But the court made some modifications to the prayers sought by the bank and the receiver, which school said the sealing off had violated.

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