An FCT High Court, Maitama on Thursday sentenced to prison Otunba Olusegun Runsewe , Director- General, National Council for Arts and Crafts (NCAC) for contempt of court order.
Justice Jude Okeke in a ruling on the motion seeking for the order of the court to sentence Runsewe to prison for disobeying court order of Dec. 15, 2017, Okeke held that Runsewe, failed to establish what he asserted.
“The court holds that the party cited (Runsewe) failed to establish what he asserted that the thatched roof of the applicant was removed and replaced in error by his agent, the contractor.
“This means the party cited was in fragrant violation of court order of Dec. 15, 2017 after form 48 now form 99 was served on him reminding him of the need to obey the court order.
“ The reasons the court holds offenders for contempt was the need to improve the rule of law rather than parties taking resort to self-help.
“The act is not only insidious but also an attempt to denigrate this court and besmirching its mobility, aura and responsibility.
“It is mark of abuse of office and arrogance and utter disrespect for the law and the institution of the court,” he held.
Okeke held further that stern measures as provided by the law ought to be taken to serve as deterrent for future occurrence not only by him but also right thinking individuals.
He added that the party cited had ample opportunity to retrace his steps and abide by the law but he chose otherwise.
Okeke held further that the dignity and the honour of the court can not be maintained if all orders given are scornfully rejected without due respect.
“With all said I find the party cited guilty of contemptuous disobedience to the order of the court as handed down by Justice Sadiq Umar on Dec. 15, 2017.
“ The right and power of the court to pronounce sanction on whoever disobeys its order is inherent, by the reasons of the forgoing, the unrepentant conduct of the party cited.
“ The court in his inherent power sentences the party cited Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Crafts to prison, Kuje Correctional Centre until he purges himself of the contempt of the order of court made on Dec. 15, 2017.
“Also until he replaces the roof of the applicant’s structure in the Arts and Crafts village Abuja to their previous state,” he held.
Okeke, therefore, ordered the Inspector-General of Police to enforce the order.
He then adjourned until March 16, for hearing of defendant’s notice of amendment of motion.
The motion was drawn from a suit filed by Ummakalif Ltd against the Minister, Federal Capital Territory, Federal Capital Development Authority, the Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, and the Minister for Culture and Tourism, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants respectively.
The motion dated June 21, 2019, was brought pursuant to Order 47 rule 10 sub-rules 1, 2 and 3 of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Civil Procedure Rules 2018.
It is seeking for an order of court committing Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, the Director General of the 3rd defendant to prison for contempt of the order of court made on Dec. 15, 2017.
Royal Split: Prince Harry expresses great sadness
Britain’s Prince Harry expressed “great sadness” on Sunday at the way he and his wife Meghan had to give up their royal titles as part of separation settlement with the Queen.
“It brings me great sadness that it has come to this,” Harry said in his first remarks on Saturday’s historic agreement, made during a public address and posted on the couple’s Instagram account.
“Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible,” he told supporters of his Africa-based charity for youngsters with HIV at an event in London.
The settlement stripped Harry and Meghan of public funding and required them to repay £2.4 million ($3.1 million) of taxpayer’s money spent on renovating their Frogmore Cottage home near Windsor Castle.
Harry was also forced to give up the military titles and patronages he was awarded after serving two tours in Afghanistan with the British Army.
But Harry said he felt “utmost respect” for Queen Elizabeth II.
“It has been our privilege to serve you, and we will continue to lead a life of service.”
“I will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander in chief, and I am incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family, for the support they have shown Meghan and me over the last few months.”
He also hinted at some trepidation at starting a new life away from his royal home. He and Meghan will spend some time in Canada before deciding whether to move to the United States or another country.
“We are taking a leap of faith — thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step,” he said.
President Buhari reveals why he joined Politics
President Buhari finally reveals why he joined politics after his release from prison President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed why he joined partisan politics after he was released from prison over thirty years ago. He said he joined politics because of his integrity.
Will Smith and Martins Lawrence named Honorary police officers by Miami City Police Force
Hollywood actors, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, ahead of the release of the new ‘Bad Boys for Life’ movie, were on Sunday honored by the Miami City Police Force for their outstanding contribution to the growth of the entertainment industry in Miami.
Smith has lived and worked in Miami for almost half a century, and the Bad Boys movie Franchise has always been shot in Miami, hence the Miami city police force thought it wise to celebrate and honor Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, and handed them ‘keys to the city’ plaque and Miami police force badges while also granting them honorary police officer titles, roles they both played in the Bad Boys film.
Smith took to Instagram to celebrate the achievement .
“Been rockin’ with Miami for over 25 years and today me and @martinlawrence got the keys to the city and were officially made honorary Miami Police officers!! Big thanx @francisxsuarez and @pitbull (happy BDay) for setting us up! #badboysforlife,” the 51-year-old actor shared on Instagram alongside a series of photos and videos of the two men receiving their keys.
In one of the videos, the official who presented Smith, 51, and Lawrence, 54, with the honor also announced that Jan. 12 would be celebrated as the “Bad Boys for Life” day in the city of Miami, which was met by cheers from the crowd.