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Court sentences DG Arts and Culture, Otunba Runsewe to Correctional Centre

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting at Maitama, Abuja has on Thursday sentenced the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe to correctional centre.

The presiding judge, Justice Jude Okeke gave the verdict as Runsewe was found to have consistently disobeyed court orders.

The court ruling followed a suit that a firm, Ummakalif Ltd filed the Director-General National Council for Arts and Culture, and the Minister for Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed; among others.

They were all cited as 1st to 4th defendants in a motion dated June 21, 2019, which the firm 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.

Otunba Runsewe was claimed to have boycott the court order of December 15, 2017 that he should appear before it.

The presiding judge said the sanction will serve as an example for other public officials who may think they can refuse a court’s valid order.

However, in a similar development prior to this, Otunba Runsewe has debunked an allegation of being found wanting by the recent National Audit Report from the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation ( AGF).

Runsewe said that the report dwelt majorly on the activities of the agency before he was appointed in 2017 in a statement released to journalists in Lagos by his Media Aide, Mr Frank Meke.

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