Court Orders NCAC Boss, Runsewe, Remanded In Custody Over Land Tussle

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The Justice of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Justice Jude Okeke, on Thursday 9th January, 2020 ordered the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture to be kept with the Nigerian Correctional Services.

The Justice made the order in a ruling on a motion drawn from a suit filed by Ummakalif Limited against the Minister, Federal Capital Territory, Federal Capital Development Authority, DG of NCAC, and Minister of Culture and Tourism as first to fourth defendants respectively.

The motion dated 21st June, 2019 was brought pursuant to Order 47 rule 10 subrules 1, 2 and 3 of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Civil Procedure Rules 2018.

The motion of the claimant sought for an order of court committing Runsewe to prison for contempt of the order of court made on 15th December, 2017. The Justice described the act of Runsewe as disdainful.

The court had ordered stay of proceedings for the parties in the suit on every activity bordering on the demolition of the Arts and Craft village located in the Central Business District area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

It said the NCAC boss disobeyed the order and demolished the place.But reacting to the court’s pronouncement on Thursday, the 9th of January, 2020, Runsewe’s media manager, Mr. Frank Meke, told the media reporters that the matter was in the court and that it would be resolved as soon as possible. According to him, the land in question belongs to the government and in due time the truth of the matter will be disclosed, adding that the NCAC boss didn’t flout the court’s order. He said Runsewe will address the matter officially as soon as possible. 

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