A retired Major General from the Nigerian Army and former Sole Administrator of the Nigeria Customs Service, Samuel Gaski Ango, may face contempt charge for defying lawful court order against evicting his wife, Juliet and her 14-year-old son from their residence, located at Plot 714, Tennessee Crescent, Maitama, Abuja. Justice V. Venda of the FCT High Court Abuja had following exparte application she heard on 29th June 2017 ordered General Ango not to eject his wife either lawfully or otherwise from the residence until the hearing and determination of the substantive suit on the matter.
Mrs. Ango had dragged her husband before the court to restrain the General from evicting her and her son from the house.
Despite the order of the court, a bulldozer was said to have pulled down the perimeter fence of the building and part of the building itself on the order of General Ango, over the weekend.
Mrs. Ango said her lawyer will raise a motion for contemptuous act of her husband when the court resumes in September.
When our correspondent visited the building, the perimeter fence and part of the building had been pulled down. When the Divisional Police Officer of Maitama police station was contacted by Barrister Bello Abu, about the illegal demolition of the building going on, the DPO was said to have told the lawyer that he could not go ahead and asked his men to go and confront the ex-soldier. According to Juliet, all the locks of the house were also changed. Justice Venda in her order said, “the respondent is hereby ordered not to eject the petitioner (Juliet) either lawfully or otherwise from Plot 714 Tennessee Crewscent, Maitama, Abuja, up until the hearing and determination of the motion on notice which shall be heard on 26/10/17.”
Mrs. Ango and her husband, who was Sole Administrator of Nigeria Custom Service from 1994 to 1998, got married in 2003 and lived together until 2013 when General Ango moved out of their Maitama residence. According to Mrs. Ango, her husband suddenly moved out of the house in 2013 and relocated to Kaduna, without giving her prior notice. She said she had been separated from her husband for three years before the suit was filed adding that the husband usually come to the house with his family members to harass her and her son.
“The respondent (General Ango) has continued to threaten forceful eviction of the petitioner and her only child of the marriage without alternative provision
“The petitioner is also afraid for the safety of her child as the respondent may force her and the only child to the street”, she told the court through her lawyer, Kayode Ajulo. Ajulo, in a petition to the Commissioner of Police of the Federal Capital Territory said, “the crisis in the marriage got to its head when our client recently received a notice from a lawyer who claimed to be representing the General with an attachment of a letter of instruction, wherein the lawyer claimed he has been instructed to sell their matrimonial home by the General and our client was given 30days to move out of the house.”