COURT AGAIN ORDERS POLICE TO PRODUCE BAYELSA GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE

Written by on September 8, 2020

THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT IN ABUJA, ON MONDAY, AGAIN ORDERED THE POLICE TO PRODUCE VIJAH OPUAMA, THE BAYELSA GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE IN THE NOV. 16, 2019 ELECTION.

JUSTICE TAIWO TAIWO, ON AUG. 3RD AND SEPT. 2ND, ORDERED THAT OPUAMA, WHO WAS SAID TO BE IN POLICE CUSTODY, BE PRODUCED IN COURT BUT THE ORDERS WERE DISREGARDED BY THE SECURITY OUTFIT.

OPUAMA’S LAWYER, MICHAEL ODEY, HAD, BROUGHT AN EX-PARTE APPLICATION BEFORE THE COURT, ASKING THE POLICE TO SHOW CAUSE WHY THE DETAINEE SHOULD NOT BE RELEASED UNCONDITIONALLY.

WHILE THE INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF POLICE, ADAMU MOHAMMED, IS THE FIRST RESPONDENT, THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE IN CHARGE OF THE IG’S MONITORING UNIT IS THE SECOND RESPONDENT IN THE SUIT.

HOWEVER, THE JUDGE, HAVE ISSUED THE THIRD ORDER, FOLLOWING THE FAILURE OF THE POLICE TO COMPLY WITH THE SEPT. 2 ORDER, DIRECTING THAT THE DETAINEE BE PRODUCED  IN COURT FOR THE DAY’S PROCEEDINGS.

THE FRESH ORDER DIRECTED THE IG TO PRODUCE OPUAMA, WHO WAS ARRESTED BY POLICEMEN FROM THE IGP’S MONITORING UNIT ON AUG. 15TH, IN COURT ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9TH.

JUSTICE TAIWO, WHO EXPRESSED DISSATISFACTION WITH THE CONDUCT OF THE POLICE, INSISTED THAT THE DETAINEE MUST BE PRODUCED IN COURT.

HE SAID THAT THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT WAS SUPERIOR TO THE UPPER AREA COURT WHERE HE WAS TAKEN TO FOR ARRAIGNMENT.


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