By Ameh Ejekwonyilo
An Abuja High Court sitting at Maitama has struck out the $2.8m suit filed against former Chairperson of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme filed by Prince Arthur Eze through his company, Oranto Petroleum Ltd.
The said sum of money including another N240 million, according to the statement of claim, are refunds of an interest-free loan granted to the former NSITF chairperson by Prince Arthur Eze.
Justice Peter Affen struck out the suit following a notice of discontinuance which was moved by the plaintiff’s counsel, Nwachukwu Ibegbu.
The said motion dated and filed on April 18, 2018, in respect of suit No: FCT/HC/CV/1019/2018, simply urged the court to strike out the case.
Before the suit was struck out, Dr Ngozi Olejeme had alleged that she was subjected to acts of intimidation, harassment and blackmail by security agencies including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the instructions of the plaintiff.
As a result, she accordingly filed a motion on notice, wherein, she sought for an order of Interlocutory injunction restraining the Claimant, whether by itself, staff, employees, agents, servants and or privies howsoever called, from further harassing, intimidating and blackmailing her, through the security agencies, especially the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, pending the hearing and final determination of the suit.
Besides, Dr Olejeme, had in a letter addressed to the EFCC Chairman dated April 16, 2018. complained of how the plaintiff, was harassing, intimidating and threatening her life over a matter which he had through his company, instituted a civil proceedings in FCT High Court, Abuja.
Specifically, the letter titled “Re: Case of illegal and unlawful invasion of the Home of Dr. Ngozi Olejeme and threats to her life by officers and Men of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Enugu Zonal office led by one Mustapha Yusuf” chronicled the alleged acts.
In the said letter written by the law firm of Mike Ozekhome (SAN) Dr Olejeme, further informed the EFCC chairman, of how Arthur Eze, had sponsored several publications in respect of the alleged indebtedness, which was clearly a civil suit.