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Court summons IGP over alleged contempt

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
An Abuja High Court in Wuse, yesterday, ordered the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr. Hafiz Ringim, to appear before it on Mach 21, to adduce reasons why he should not be committed to prison over contempt of court orders.

Justice Ajoke Adepoju gave the order sequel to  Form 49 filed against the IGP by lawyers to a final year student of computer sciences at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University of Science and Technology, Dahiru Yakubu Aliyu, who has been in detention since January 7, 201.

Aliyu was arrested by policemen when he went to school to write a spill-over exam and was subsequently transferred to the Force Criminal Investigation Department, FCID, in Abuja, where he has been till date.

Following an application filed by his lawyer, Mr. Hassan Germa, for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights, the high court on February 23, issued an interim order compelling the Police IG to produce the applicant either dead or alive for the purpose of releasing him on bail.

The IGP, however, drew the irk of the trial Judge on March 8, following his refusal to obey any of the court orders, a situation that resulted to the Judge threatening to commit him to prison for contempt.

At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, the applicant’s counsel informed the court that the IGP was yet to respond to any of the court orders, adding that they were duly served on him.

Consequently, the Judge ordered that he should personally appear in court on the next adjourned date to explain why he has decided to hold the orders of the court in contempt.


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