Court jailed Director-General of NCAC for violating court order (See Details)


Federal high court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on Thursday, has reportedly jailed the ’Director-General of National Council for Arts and Culture’, named Olusegun Runsewe, over contempt of court.

The report revealed that, Justice Jude Okeke ordered the Inspector General of Police to arrest him and hand him over to the Nigerian Correctional Service in Kuje, Abuja.

Justice Jude said he should remain in prison until he purges himself contempt.

However, Runsewe was putting to prison on Thursday over his disobedience of an order made by the court on December 15, 2017.

His arrest was in respect of a suit filed by Ummakalif Ltd for the sealing of the Arts and Crafts village in Abuja.

It was reported that the suit was against the Director-General of NCAC, the FCT Minister, the Federal Capital Development Authority, and the Minister for Culture and Tourism.

It was however revealed that the plaintiff had alleged in his suit that the sealing of the village was a violation of the contractual agreement for him to develop a part of the village.

But according to the plaintiff, he implied that no step should be taken to shut the village.

However, the plaintiff’s motion filed in line with Direction 47 Rule 10:1, 2 and 3 of the High Court sitting in Abuja, the Civil Procedure Rules 2018, prayed that Runsewe will  committed to prison for disobeying the court order.

 while granting the application on Thursday, it was disclose that, Justice Okeke held that committing Runsewe to prison for contempt would serve as a deterrent to others in the habit of abusing their office and disobeying court directives.

It was also added that, Justice Salisu Umar, who was handling the case before his elevation to the Court of Appeal, had on March 6, 2018, descended on the NCAC for sealing up the village in violation of the earlier detective of the court. Before the case was now reassigned to Justice Okeke following Justice Umar’s elevation.

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