The Citizens Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights CASER has threatened to initiate contempt proceedings against the Minister of Transportation or anyone who is allegedly defying the Court order barring all parties in the process of appointing a company to be operators of the International Cargo Tracking Note ICTN in Nigeria from taking any further action.
In a statement, the Executive Director of CASER, Mr. Frank Tietie reminded parties to the issue that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had granted an injunction restraining the Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, the Bureau of Public Procurement BPP and the Attorney General of the Federation from taking any further steps towards nominating any company or entity to be operators of the International Cargo Tracking Note ICTN in Nigeria.
According to him, the injunction also bars two companies, MedTech Scientific Ltd and Rozi International Ltd which had been appointed by the government to operate the ICTN in Nigeria.
Mr Tietie explained that it amounts to contempt of Court for discussions to continue after the Court had given an injunction. According to him, the order granted by the Hon. Justice D.U. Okorowo followed the concerns raised by the Citizens Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights, CASER about the alleged malfeasance in the ongoing process of appointing an implementing agent for the International Cargo Tracking Note (ICTN) in Nigeria.
According to CASER, there are serious concerns for Nigeria’s internal security following the massive inflow of small arms and light weapons through Nigerian seaports due to ineffective cargo tracking.