Shocking: Court orders FCT minister to be jailed

An application has been made to the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase to enforce a judgement of a High Court in Abuja committing the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to prison for disobedience of court order.

Adekunle Otitoju, lawyer to one Stella Oyedotun, whose property was unduly revoked and allocated to one Senator Umaru Dukku by then FCT Minister, said the judgement given by Justice Mohammed Talba since July 8, 2015 is yet to be enforced.

Justice Talba had since last year ordered that the minister be committed to Kuje prison for the offence.
A Certified True Copy of the judgement obtained on Monday and made available to the Nigerian Times also disclosed that the court had on February 20, 2013 ruled against the Minister ordering him to make alternative plot available to the plaintiff within 30 days of the judgement. The court also awarded a cost of N200, 000 against the minister.

The court observed that despite repeated service of hearing notices and the court processes, the Minister and the Federal Capital Development Authority refused or neglected to defend the application. The judgement and processes were served on the Minister but treated with contempt.

“The conduct of the minister amounts to a contempt of court which consists of interfering with the administration of justice. It also amounts to impeding and perverting the course justice,” the judgement explained.
Also listed as defendants in the application are Senator Umaru Dukku, FCDA and one Shehu Umar.

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