|SACKED: Ibinabo Fiberisima|
Justice James Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday [Mar. 16] sacked the Ibinabo Fiberisima-led executive of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN). The judge in a judgment declared the election that brought Ibinabo-led AGN executive into office as null and void and of no effect whatsoever.
The court held that the election was conducted against a clear order of court that parties should maintain status quo. Justice Tsoho ruled that the Incorporated Trustees of AGN acted with utter impunity in disobeying the clear order of court.
The court held: “It is not in doubt that the parties in this suit are entertainers but the business of court is a serious one and it cannot be turned into a legal play and for this reason, the election is hereby declared null and void.” Justice Tsoho further ordered Ibinabo to henceforth stop parading herself as the AGN President, as well as other national officers that emerged from the said election that brought them into office.
Besides, Justice Tsoho ordered Ibinabo and all the national officers of her executive to render full accounts of monies generated by the AGN under her, including details of income and expenditure.
The judge specifically ordered that a comprehensive audit of the accounts of AGN be conducted within 90 days of the date of delivery of the judgment. The suit that brought about the judgment was filed by an actor, St. Maradona Mikevine.
Mikevine, who was the National Treasurer in the election that produced another popular actor, Emeka Ike as AGN President, had filed the suit to contest Ibinabo’s election as AGN President.
Mikevine, through his lawyer, Malcom Omirhobo, had contended that the election that brought Ibinabo into office was conducted in the face of a subsisting court order restraining the conduct of AGN election.