Justice Jude Okeke of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja has sentenced the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Olusegun Runsewe, to prison.
In his ruling on a motion drawn from a suit filed by Ummakalif Limited against the Minister of the FCT; Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA); DG of NCAC, and the Minister for Culture and Tourism, as the first, second, third and fourth defendants respectively on Thursday, the judge described Runsewe’s action as highly contemptuous.
The claimant had in a motion sought an order of the court committing Runsewe to prison for contempt of court order made on December 15, 2017. Justice Okeke, therefore, granted the claimant’s prayers on Thursday.
Justice Okeke said that committing him to the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) would serve as a deterrent to others who abuse office and disobey court orders with disdain.
He, therefore, ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu to arrest Runsewe with immediate effect and hand him over to the NCS pending when he retraces his steps.
It could be recalled that the court had ordered parties in the suit to stay proceedings on every activity concerning the demolition of the Arts and Craft village located in the Central Business District area of the FCT.
The respondents in the suit, however particularly the NCAC flouted that rule.