Actors Guild crisis: Court sacks Ibinabo-led executive

The Federal High Court in Lagos Monday sacked the Ibinabo Fiberisima-led executive of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).

Justice John Tsoho declared their election null and void because it 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 court’s order.

“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,” the judge held.

Justice Tsoho further ordered Ibinabo to henceforth stop parading herself as the AGN president.

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 AGN’s accounts be conducted within 90 days.

An actor, St. Maradona Mikevine, who was the National Treasurer in the election that produced another actor, Emeka Ike as AGN President, had filed the suit to contest Ibinabo’s election.

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 stopping it.

He urged the court to determine whether it was proper for an election to be conducted in the face of a substantive order, and whether anyone could parade themselves as AGN executive based on an election conducted against a court order.

The judge on October 26, 2011, ordered that status quo be maintained.

In an earlier suit, Emeka Ike had challenged the formation of an illegal government known as “National Unity”, to run AGN’s affairs.

The actor had sought an order of court reviewing the guild’s 2007 Constitution as it relates to the tenure of members of board of trustees.

He averred that the board, comprising: Mr Segun Arinze, Prince Ifeanyi Dike, Mr Emmanuel Oguguah, Mr Murphy Stephen, Mr Sunny McDon and Mr Okey McAnthony, had remained in office since July 13, 1999 when the guild was incorporated.

He had therefore, sought for an order setting aside the appointment of Arinze as President of the guild, as well as an order reviewing the provisions of the guild’s constitution.

Arinze, who was appointed as President of the National Unity of AGN, handed over to Ibinabo after the conduct of the disputed election.

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