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Court adjourns ruling on contempt proceeding against Lekki Gardens MD till Aug 10

The Registered Trustees of Osborne and Foreshore Residents Association yesterday began committal proceedings against the Chief Executive Officer of Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd, Richard Nyong for alleged contempt.

The applicants, in an application filed through their counsel, Kemi Pinheiro SAN, also prayed the court to jail the firm’s Project Manager, Kehinde Dawodu.

They claimed that both men disobeyed the July 9 stop work order Justice Nicholas Oweibo issued against the firm.

On that day, the judge granted an interim injunction restraining Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd and Foreshore Waters Ltd from carrying out any further construction, development or building activities in Osborne Foreshore Estate II, Ikoyi, Lagos.

But the applicants averred in an affidavit attached to their application, that both respondents, in total disregard for the order of the court, continued to work on the site.

Listed as respondents alongside Nyong and Dawodu in the suit are the National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency; Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd; Foreshore Waters Ltd and Lagos State Physical Permit Authority.

The applicants also prayed for an order cordoning off the estate of Nyong and Dawodu at Block II Plot 2, Plot 7 Block Plot 5 Block 6, Plot 17 Block 9, Block 9 PIot 23, Block 9 Plot 17, Block 10 Plots 1A,1.,1C, Block 6 Plot 19, Block 6 Plot 12, Plot 9A, Block 6 Plot 14, and Block 11 P ot 2, Signature One on Royal Palm Drive; Signature two, Le Chateau, Insigma and Foreshore Towers on Acacia road, within the estate.

They also asked the court for an order directing the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2 Command, “to immediately arrest, detain and produce” before the court any contractor and or workers found on the properties being developed by both respondents within the estate or within Osborne Foreshore Estate II, Ikoyi, Lagos. 

However, at the resumed hearing of the matter on Wednesday, the defendants through their counsel, Mr T. Oshobi (SAN), challenged the interim order issued by the court on the ground of Jurisdiction.

Justice Oweibo after listening to parties’ arguments, adjourned till August 10, for ruling.

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