Once more, IGP refuses to provide Bayelsa gov candidate as court docket points recent order
The Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja, for the third time, on Monday, ordered the Inspector-Common of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to provide earlier than it a governorship candidate within the November 16, 2020 election in Bayelsa State, Vijah Opuama.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo, had on August 3, 2020, and subsequently on September 2, ordered the manufacturing of the detainee in court docket however the orders have been shunned by the IGP.
The decide, on Monday, issued the third order, following the failure of the police to adjust to the September 2 order which directed that the detainee be produced in court docket for Monday’s proceedings.
The recent order directed the IGP to provide Opuama, who was arrested by policemen from the IGP’s Monitoring Unit on August 15, 2020, in court docket on Wednesday.
He mentioned, “The court docket made an order that the applicant be produced on this court docket. That order have to be obeyed.
“I shall, due to this fact, make an order that the applicant have to be produced on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
“The applicant have to be produced in court docket on that day unfailing.”
He additionally mounted September 9 for the listening to of Opuama’s bail utility.
A lawyer, T. O Amalaha, who appeared for the IGP, and the top of the Monitoring Unit of the IGP workplace sued by Opuama because the 2nd defendant, nevertheless, pleaded with the decide to adjourn the case until September 16 as a substitute of September 9.
However the decide, in declining the request, mentioned he couldn’t afford to offer the police one other seven days after they violated the 2 earlier orders issued for the manufacturing of the detainee in court docket.
Justice Taiwo added, “We’re in a democracy. Nigeria isn’t a Banana Republic. Public officers can’t afford to behave irrationally.”
He threatened that ought to the police fail to provide the detainee in court docket, “I’ll order the IG to seem in court docket”.
“What’s the large deal about producing anyone in court docket?” The decide queried.
Opuama, the Liberation Motion’s governorship candidate within the Bayelsa State’s November 16, 2019 election, was arrested by the policemen from the IGP’s monitoring unit on the premises of the state’s Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja, on August 15, 2020, whereas ready for judgment to be delivered on his petition difficult the result of the disputed ballot.
His spouse said in a go well with filed earlier than Justice Taiwo that the politician was solely later instructed that he was arrested over “a petition written in opposition to him for recording a cellphone name” acquired by him “someday again from a caller (08029579959) who recognized himself within the cellphone as Benson Agadaga, Chief of Employees”.
Denying the allegation, she maintained that “there isn’t a offence identified to regulation as recording a cellphone name acquired from a caller”.
Following an ex parte utility by his attorneys, Justice Taiwo on August 31, 2020, ordered the IGP to provide Opuama in court docket on September 2.
On September 2, the IGP shunned the court docket as he neither produced the detainee in court docket nor ship any lawyer to characterize him.
Justice Taiwo, who frowned on the IGP’s conduct on the September 2 proceedings, issued a recent order directing him to provide the detainee in court docket on Monday, September 7 “unfailingly”.
On Monday, Opuama was not produced in court docket as ordered by the decide selling the decide to challenge a recent order to the IGP to provide the detainee in court docket on Wednesday.
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