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Court orders arrest of Publisher, Aare Abiodun

A Makurdi High Court presided over by
Justice Aondover Kakaan has issued a
warrant for the arrest of the publisher of
the Nigerian Concord, Aare Abiodun
Oluwarotimi, for disobeying the judgment
of the court, and evading service of court
processes.
Justice Kakaan issued the order while
ruling on the motion filed by Counsel to
the Governor of Benue State, Andrew
Wombo, seeking to serve form 48 (notice
of consequences of disobedience) on the
publisher of the Nigerian Concord, Mr
Oluwarotimi, through substituted means,
as he is evading service, and has
disobeyed the court judgement.
Wombo had informed the court that the
Aare Abiodun Oluwarotimi has read the
judgement of the court through
substituted means, and has also made
comments on the matter, but has failed to
comply with the judgment of the court
which was delivered on the 6th of
November, 2017 in a libel suit instituted
against him by Governor Samuel Ortom of
Benue State.
In his ruling, Justice Kakaan held that
from the evidence before him, Abiodun
Oluwarotimi was aware of the judgment of
the court and was only disobeying orders
of the court and avoiding service of court
processes.
He ordered the Nigerian Police force to
arrest him and bring to court to tender
reasons why he has been disobeying the
judgment of the court and why he should
not be sent to prison for contempt.
Speaking with newsmen after the ruling,
Governor Ortom’s lawyer, Wombo said the
arrest warrant on Oluwarotimi was in
order, saying that the court had no
alternative than to issue the arrest
warrant as he had continued with his
libelous publications even after the
judgement of November 6th,2017.
It will be recalled that a Makurdi High
Court, presided over by Justice Adam
Onum had on the 6th of November, 2017
while delivering judgement in the suit filed
by the Benue State Governor, Samuel
Ortom ordered the publisher of Nigerian
Concord, Mr. Aare Abiodun Oluwarotimi,
to pay a fine of N5 million to the Governor
as damages.
The court had also ordered the publisher
to retract the libelous publications in
national newspapers, television, radio as
well as social media platforms.

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