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The Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday adjourned further proceedings till May 27 in a $1.3m debt recovery suit filed by AOS Orwell Limited against Shebah Exploration and Production Company Limited.

Justice Saliu Saidu adjourned the case to await the outcome of the appeal filed by the Managing Director of Shebah Exploration and Production Company Limited, Dr Ambrose Orjiako, to challenge the order made for his arrest by the court.

Orjiako is also the Chairman of Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc.

Justice Hadiza Shagari of the court had on December 4, 2017 issued a warrant for Orjiako’s arrest, following his repeated non-appearance in court to defend a contempt application filed against him by AOS Orwell Limited.

AOS Orwell Limited claimed that Orjiako flouted a November 8, 2016 order made by Justice Shagari, restraining him from tampering with the assets of Shebah Exploration and Production Limited, pending the determination of the debt recovery suit filed against the company by AOS Orwell Limited.

AOS Orwell Limited insisted that the court must commit Orjiako to prison for alleged contempt of court.

But despite court’s summons, Orjiako repeatedly failed to appear before the court, prompting Justice Shagari to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Displeased with the arrest order, the businessman filed an appeal.

At the Monday’s proceedings, Shebah Exploration and Production Company Limited’s lawyer, Temidayo Alabi, said the Court of Appeal  had yet to determine Orjiako’s appeal against the arrest order.

AOS Orwell’s lawyer, G.C. Duru, did not object to an adjournment.

Source: Punch

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