Despite a subsisting order of a High Court in Nigeria directing the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), Nigeria chapter, to reinstate Mr. Emmanuel Osita Okoli to its membership list, the professional body is yet to carry out the order, New Telegraph has learnt
For this reason, Okoli is calling on FIABCI to obey court orders.
The order being disobeyed by FIABCI-Nigeria Chapter was the one made by the High Court in Ikeja directing the realtor body to reverse its expulsion of Okoli from the its fold without granting him an opportunity to be heard, a decision, which is against the spirit of constitution that established the body in Nigeria.
Okoli, who expressed displeasure over the delay of FIABCI-Nigeria Chapter to reinstate him as instructed by the court, sees the body’s disobedience as injustice to his person and, therefore, seek his unconditional reinstatement by FIABCI as directed by the court.
In a judgment he delivered on May 3, 2016 by Justice S.A. Onigbanjo, Mr. Emmanuel Osita Okoli, who had served variously as Secretary General of the Nigerian chapter as well as the African Region, Vice President of the African Region and President of the African Region, got a judgement in his favour where FIABCI-Nigeria Chapter was ordered to reverse its decision taken at its General Meeting of April 6, 2011 to expel or set aside his membership from the International Real Estate Federation, FIABCI-Nigeria Chapter.
In the judgment delivered in the fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by the plaintiff, Justice S.A. Onigbanjo ordered FIABCI-Nigeria Chapter to immediately reinstate Okoli.
However, a check by our correspondent yesterday showed that 36 months after the judgment was delivered, FIABCI-Nigeria Chapter is yet to comply.
A statement also also claimed that the principal officers of FIABCI-Nigeria Chapter might have brazenly ignored the court judgment directing them to reverse its decision taken at its General Meeting of April 6, 2011 to expel or set aside his membership under the guise that there was no order preventing them from carrying out their actions and maintaining status quo prior to April 6, 2011.
Despite the fact that Justice S.A. Onigbanjo had ruled in the judgment that it was mandatory for FIABCI-Nigeria Chapter to set aside its decision taken at its General Meeting of April 6, 2011, the statement said the realtor seemed to have failed to take advantage of the window given by the judge to enshrine peace in the intervening period.