- The commissioner of police in Niger state has been summoned by a court in Minna over his failure to arrest of ex-governor Babangida Aliyu and Umar Nasko
- Justice A. B. Aliyu accused the duo of shunning a court order to answer to a N1.9 billion fraud case preferred against them by the EFCC
- The judge earlier revoked the bail earlier granted to the two suspects in a case of money laundering brought against them by the commission
A Federal High Court in Minna has ordered the commissioner of police in Niger to appear before it and offer explanation over his failure to execute the bench warrant issued for the arrest of former governor Babangida Aliyu and Umar Nasko.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Aminu Aliyu on Monday, May 27, ordered the commissioner of police to appear with the two defendants on June 13, unfailingly.
Aliyu and Nasko were due to appear in court on May 23 for re-arraignment by the EFCC, over alleged N1.9bn fraud but failed to show up, prompting Justice Aliyu to issue a bench warrant against them.
When the matter came up, Aliyu and Nasko were once again absent, with only counsel to the former governor, Olajide Ayodele (SAN), present in court.
Ayodele, however, said he would undertake to ensure his client is informed of the next adjourned date.
On his part, prosecution counsel, Olumuyiwa Akinboro, expressed surprise at the defendants’ absence without any cogent reason. The case was adjourned until June 13.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that a Minna Federal High Court on Thursday, May 23, ordered the immediate arrest of the former governor Aliyu and his former chief of staff and governorship candidate of the People Democratic Party, Umar Gado Nasko.
Justice A. B. Aliyu accused the duo of shunning a court order to answer to a N1.9 billion fraud case preferred against them by the EFCC.
The judge also revoked the bail earlier granted to the two suspects in a case of money laundering brought against them by the EFCC.
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