16th May, 2013
A Federal High court sitting in Abuja has ordered immediate arrest of the son of an oil magnate and a traditional ruler in Ondo state, Prince Akinfemiwa Akinrutan for allegedly disobeying the order of the court. He is the son of the boss of Obat Oil and Petroleum, Oba Obateru Akinrutan, the Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom in Ondo State, southwest Nigeria.
Also to be arrested is Mrs Igbokwe of Fix Bolingo International Nigeria Ltd of 3/5 Adeyemo Alakja Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The order of the court was sequel to an application filed and argued before the court by a Lagos lawyer Barrister Iyke Ukadike.
The two alleged contemptnors were alleged to have disobeyed the order of the court by dismantling and selling a vessel MT Tutima involved in litigation pending before the court. The court had ordered that the vessel be preserved pending the determination of the suit
M T Tutima was involved in a fire outbreak some years ago during which some of the crew members lost their lives, while some of them suffered permanent disability.
Cconseqeuntly, the crew members’ families instituted a legal action against the owners of the vessel demanding for compensation.
Thereafter the court made an order arresting the vessel but the order was flouted.
In his ruling on the application for committal to prison, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court Chief Justice Ndahi Auta said: “It is pertinent to note that the evidence before the court is very clear that there is a subsisting court order of arrest of M T Tutima. It is also clear that some persons have flouted this order. The applicants attached exhibits to show that payment was made on the vesssel to Obat Oil and Petroleum in respect of the sale of the vessel.
“The court finds that Pince Akinfemiwa Akinrutan of 20B, Thompson Avenue, off Glover Road, Ikoji, Lagos and Mrs Igbokwe of Fix Bolingo International Nigeria Ltd of 3/5, Adeyemo Alakija Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, disobeyed the clear order of the court. They should be produced to the court by the police within two weeks.”