Alleged Contempt: Osborne Foreshore Residents Ask Court To Jail MD of Lekki Gardens

Shola Soyele  
Updated July 28, 2021
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The residents of Osborne Foreshore Ikoyi on Wednesday called on the Federal High Court, Lagos to jail the Chief Executive Officer of Lekki Gardens Estate Limited, Richard Nyong for alleged contempt.

They also want a project manager, Kehinde Dawodu to be commuted to prison for allegedly disobeying a July 9th order of the court.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo had 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.

The interim injunction was granted at the instance of the residents who were the plaintiffs and the same was duly served on the listed defendants, Lekki Gardens Estate, Foreshore Waters Ltd, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency and the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority.

But in a committal application filed through their lawyer, Kemi Pinheiro (SAN), the residents claimed that the CEO of Lekki Gardens, Richard Nyong and the Project Manager, Kehinde Dawodu in total disregard for the order of the court have continued to work on the site.

They, therefore, sought an order of the court to commit the two men to prison.

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The residents association also asked the court for an order cordoning off the sites of the defendants in the Estate.

The sites are known and situated at Block II Plot 2, Plot 7 Block 7, Plot 5 Block 6, Plot 17 Block 9, Block 9 PIot 23, Block 9 Plot 17, Block 10 Plots 1A,1B, 1C, Block 6 Plot 19, Block 6 Plot 12, Block 6 Plot 9A, Block 6 Plot 14, and Block 11 Plot 2, Signature One on Royal Palm Drive, Signature two, Le Chateau, Insignia and Foreshore Towers on Acacia road, within the Estate or any other property currently being developed by the respondents in disobedience to the order of the court.

They also 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, except for security personnel, found on the properties being developed by both Nyong and Engineer Dawodu within the estate or any other property currently being developed by the Respondents within Osborne Foreshore Estate II, Ikoyi, Lagos.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Wednesday, all the defendants through their Counsel, Tola Oshobi (SAN), challenged the interim order issued by the court on the ground that it lacked jurisdiction to issue such orders.

After listening to arguments from parties in the matter, Justice Oweibo adjourned till August 10, for the ruling.