The Chief Executive Officer of Lekki Gardens Estate Limited, Richard Nyong may be committed to prison for contempt of court if the Federal High Court accepts the prayer of Osborne Ikoyi residents.
Registered trustees of Osborne and Foreshore Residents Association (OSFRA), Ikoyi-Lagos, have filed an application urging the court, to commit Nyong to prison
The association, in the application also urged the court to jail the Project Manager of Lekki Gardens, Engineer Kehinde Dawodu, for allegedly flouting the order of the court ordering them to stop work.
The presiding Judge, Nicholas Oweibo had on July 9, 2021 granted an interim order 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 in an affidavit attached to the application, the residents claimed that the two alleged contemnors in total disregard for the order of the court have continued to work on the site.
The residents also asked the court for an order cordoning off the estate of Nyong and Engineer Dawodu, known and situate at Signature One on Royal Palm Drive; Signature two, Le Chateau, Insigma and Foreshore Towers on Acacia road, within the Estate in disobedience to the order of the court.
They asked the court for an order directing the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2 Command, through his officers, to immediately arrest, detain and produce before the court, any contractors and or workers, save security personnel, found on the properties being developed by both Mr. Nyong and Engineer Dawodu within the Estate or any other property currently being developed by the Respondents within Osborne Foreshore Estate II, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Listed as respondents alongside Nyong and Engineer Dawodu in the suit are: National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency; Lekki Gardens Estate Limited; Foreshore Waters Limited; Lagos State Physical Permit Authority.
The plaintiffs in an affidavit deposed to by an Administrative Manager of the Osborne Foreshore Phase II Residents’ Association, Ifeoma Maduakor alleged that on July 9, 2021 Justice Oweibo, granted an interim order restraining Lekki Gardens Estate Limited and Foreshore Waters Limited from further developments on their sites within the Estate, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.
The deponent stated that the interim order, together with the originating summons in this suit and the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction were all duly served on Lekki Gardens Limited and Foreshore Waters Limited, on July 12, 2021, and duly acknowledged by the respondents
The deponet further stated that the court is empowered to defend its authority and sanctity by invoking its coercive powers to discipline respondents for contempt.
However, at the resumed hearing of the suit, the respondents Counsel, Mr. Tola Oshobi (SAN), challenged the interim order issued by the court.