Hon. Justice Priscilla N. Emehelu
Enugu-based lawyer Afam Joseph, has again urged the state Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Priscilla N. Emehelu, to urgently intervene in the alleged illegal abortion of the execution of a valid court judgment by the Deputy Director/Sheriff, High Court Registry, Enugu, Mrs. Leticia N. Eze.
In a letter to the state chief judge dated June 14, 2020, and titled “Re: illegal and baseless suspension of overdue execution of judgment in Re: Ambrose C. Obodoeze vs. Ernest Ozoekwo and others: Suit No. E/780/2018: Request for your urgent intervention: A reminder,”
Joseph referred to his letter of February 10, 2020, where he alleged that Mrs. Eze “illegally and wrongfully” ordered the Chief Bailiff of the Enugu High Court Registry, Mr. Boniface Onyia, to abort the execution of a judgment of an Enugu High Court delivered by Justice Ani Comfort Chinyere, on March 26, 2019.
He maintained that Mrs. Eze took the action even when there was neither an existing order of the court for stay of execution, nor a valid application for such duly filed and served on his client, Ambrose C. Obodoeze.
According to the lawyer, “our enquiry shows that she (Mrs. Eze), claimed that the order to suspend the execution emanated from your exalted and honourable office, which we very much doubt…”
However, Joseph expressed disappointment over the failure of the chief judge to respond to his letter more than three months after same was “delivered to your good office.”
He said: “Indeed, My Lord, your silence so far after more than three months, to say the least, is not only disturbing but unbecoming following the specie of issues of the moment.
“Notwithstanding, we still maintain that your office may not have anything to do with this bizarre matter, and hence this reminder.
“In point of fact, it is our belief that you failed to do the obvious due to your very loaded agenda, and cock-sure that with this reminder you will not only vindicate the confidence we have in your office, knowing you as a person who is incapable of taking sides against the Rule of Law or against justice.”
Barrister Joseph appealed to the state chief judge to remedy the wrong done to his client, saying that he would seek justice elsewhere if she fails to do so.