The court ordered the Chief of Army Staff to be jailed for contempt

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Court orders imprisonment of Chief of Army Staff for contempt


A high court sitting in Minna has issued an arrest warrant to the Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya for contempt.

The court also ordered that the Commander, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) of the Nigerian Army, Major General Stevenson Oluwagbenga, should be arrested for committing a similar offence.

The presiding judge, who is also the Chief Judge of Niger State, Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik, issued the order for the arrest of the top army officers in the ongoing hearing of the case between Adamu Makama and 42 others against of the Executive Governor of Niger State and 7 others in suit NSHC/225/2019 and said the duo will remain in detention until they clear themselves of contempt.

Complainant’s prayer: The order is subsequent to a motion on notice brought pursuant to order 42 rule 10 of the Niger State High Court (Civil Procedure) rule 2018 and under the inherent jurisdiction of the Honorable Court moved by Mohammed Liman Esq Counsel to the plaintiffs/applicants .

Although the details of the case are still sketchy, Mohammed Liman prayed the court to commute the Chief of Army Staff and the Commandant Training and Doctrine Command (respondents) to correctional custody for the contempt order of this Honorable Court that made on 12th October 2020.

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  • Justice Abdulmalik in the order stated: “An order is made committing the Nigerian Army Chief of Staff General Farouk Yahaya and the Commander Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Minna ie 6th & 7th respondents to the custody of the Correctional Center for contempt of the order of this honorable court made on 12 /1/2022
  • “They will remain in the custody of the Correctional Center until they clear themselves of contempt.”

For the record: In a related development, recall that a few days ago, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja sentenced the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba to 3 months imprisonment for disobeying a court order. .

The order, which was given by the presiding judge, Mobolaji Olajuwon, followed a suit filed by a former police officer, Patrick Okoli, who claimed he was unlawfully and forcibly retired from Nigeria. Police Force.

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