Ex-Commissioner remanded in prison over non-compliance with court judgment


By Abdulwahab Abdulah

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered a former Commissioner for Information in Imo State, Chief Theodore Ekechi, to be remanded in Ikoyi Prison for his failure to obey the judgement passed by the court.

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo’s order was sequel to the failure of Ekechi to pay the money he allegedly owed a business partner, Louis Okere, or raise a security for the payment, which arose from a consent judgement agreed upon by parties before the court in 2009.

When the matter came up last week, Justice Oguntoyinbo struck out an application by Ekechi praying the court to stay further proceeding in a judgement summons filed by Okere, pending the determination of his appeal filed at the Court of Appeal, Lagos.

Subsequently, there were arguments as to whether Ekechi should pay the money or not, which eventually resulted in his committal to prison…

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