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A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama on Thursday, January 9, have convicted and sentenced the Director General of arts and culture Otunba Olusegun Runsewe to jail for contempt of court.
Justice Jude Okeke, who gave the order, said Mr Runsewe should be kept in the facility of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Kuje “until he purges himself of contempt.”
The judge while handing out his sentence on the disgraced director general described him as highly contemptuous and ordered that the Inspector General of Police effect his immediate arrest and hand him over to the NCS pending when he retraces his steps.
He stated that the punishment meted to him by the court would serve as a deterrent to others who engage in abuse of office and disobey court orders with impunity.
The Judge made the order while ruling on a motion drawn from a suit filed by Ummakalif Limited against 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.
In the motion, the claimant sought an order of the court committing Otunba Runsewe to prison for contempt of court order made on December 15, 2017.