Court Orders Arrest, Imprisonment of Nigeria’s Army Chief

Justice Halima Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Minna, Niger State has ordered the arrest of the Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya, for alleged contempt.

Justice Abdulmalik said the order followed notice brought before the court in pursuant of order forty two rule ten of the Niger State High Court Civil Procedure 2018.

She ruled that the order is commuting Yahaya to be placed in Minna correctional custody for contentions of order of the court on October 12, 2022, adding that the COAS is to remain in custody till he has been “purged”of the contempt.

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The judge also issued that the Commandant Training and Doctrine Command(TRADOC), Minna, Major General Olugbenga Olabanji, be arrested and imprisoned for a similar offense.

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Justice Abdulmalik then adjourned the case to December 8 for continuation.

The Army Chief’s sentence is coming few days after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja sentenced the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to three months in prison for disobeying a court order.

The IGP’s committal followed a suit that was filed by a police officer, Patrick Okoli, who was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian Police Force.

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