Justice Jude Okeke of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has sentenced the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Olusegun Runsewe, to prison.
Justice Okeke made the order on Thursday while 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.
The motion of the claimant sought for an order of court committing Runsewe to prison for contempt of court order made on December 15, 2017
Justice Okeke described Runsewe’s action as highly contemptuous, adding that committing him to the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) will serve as a deterrent to others who abuse office and disobey court orders with disdain.
Justice Okeke ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, to arrest Mister Runsewe with immediate effect and hand him over to the correctional services pending when he retraces his steps.
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.
However, the respondent in the suit particularly the national council for art and culture flaunted that rule.