IGP, Alkali Baba Defies Court Order to Produce Detained Cameroonian
Alkali Baba Usman, Inspector General of Police, has again disobeyed a court order.
Usman on Thursday declined to produce a Cameroonian national, Agborsangaya Eyong, who was allegedly detained for over 400 days.
The Cameroonian national was reportedly held without bail for close to two years.
He was accused of illegally possessing ammunition discovered in his home.
Despite a valid court order, the IGP failed to produce the detainee in court during Thursday’s proceedings.
His attorney, Mr. Danshita Shittu, complained bitterly to the court that the Police Chief disregarded and disobeyed the order to produce Eyong.
In rebuttal, however, counsel for the IGP, Assistant Superintendent of Police Joseph Udo, informed the court that the detained Cameroonian was not brought to court because the court order arrived late.
The police counsel also cited the bureaucratic processes between the offices of the IGP and that of the Attorney General of the Federation AGF as contributing to the problems, adding that he has been consulted on the matter.
The detainee, through his attorney, had requested a court order compelling the police to release him on bail pending the hearing and determination of the initial motion on notice.
He also demanded payment of N100 million in damages for his unlawful detention and publication of an apology in two national newspapers.
Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court in Abuja has nevertheless set March 31 as the date for the Cameroonian’s court appearance.
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