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Court orders arrest of military chief—third ruling in weeks against top public officers

A High Court in Minna, Niger state capital, has ordered the arrest of the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), Faruk Yahaya, for contempt.

By TechnocratMedia

A High Court in Minna, Niger state capital, has ordered the arrest of the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), Faruk Yahaya, for contempt.

The court issued a warrant of arrest against the CoAS alongside Olugbenga Olabani, the commandant of the training and doctrine command, Minna, over the same offence.

TheCable reports that the order was issued in respect of a suit marked NSHC/225/2019.

NSHC/225/2019 is a suit between Adamu Makama and 42 others versus the executive governor of Niger state and seven others.

Mohammed Liman, counsel to the plaintiffs/applicants moved the motion for the issuance of the warrants against the officers of the Nigerian Army.

Liman in his prayers had asked the court to send the army chief and commandant to the correctional centre for disobeying an order made on October 12, 2022.

Halima Abdulmalik, the presiding judge, ruling on the matter, said: “An order is made committing the Nigerian army chief of staff general Farouk Yahaya and the commander training and doctrine command (TRADOC) Minna i.e 6th &7th respondents into the custody of the correctional centre for contempt of the order of this honourable court made on the 12/10/2022.”

The judge added that “they shall remain in the custody of the correctional centre until they purge themselves of the contempt”.

The court adjourned to December 8 for the continuation of the hearing.

In the same vein, a federal high court in Abuja sentenced Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), to three months in prison for disobeying a court order.

Mobolaji Olajuwon, the presiding judge, issued the ruling on Tuesday, following a suit filed by Patrick Okoli, a former police officer who in his claims said he was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian police force.

The IGP is yet to comply with the court ruling as he said he’s still seeking legal advice on the judgement.

Also, an FCT High Court ordered the remand of Abdulrasheed Bawa, chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for contempt.

However, the order was later set aside.

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