Chitotela loses case against bailiffs

ECONOMIC and Financial Crimes Court (EFCC) has dismissed former Minister of Tourism Ronald Chitotela’s application to set aside an order which allowed bailiffs to pounce on his property in order to recover debt.
The court dismissed the plea on grounds that the politician had not satisfied conditions for the court to grant the order.
Mr Chitotela’s other plea to grant an order staying execution of judgment on admission pending his intended applications was also dismissed.
“We are, therefore, not satisfied that the first defendant [Chitotela] has met the conditions for grant of stay orders,” the ruling reads.
“Thus, the first defendant has not made out a good case to persuade this court to exercise its discretion to stay the execution of the judgment on admission pending his intended applications.
“Accordingly, the applications to stay judgment on admission pending applications to vary the judgement sum and to set aside the writ of Fifa, dated 26 May, 2023, and April 24, 2024, respectively, are hereby dismissed.” –