The Federal High Court in Minna, Niger State, has issued a warrant of arrest for the Chief of Army Staff, General Faruk Yahaya for alleged contempt.
Also affected was Commandant Training and Doctrine Command Minna, Major General Stevenson Olugbenga Olabanji.
The state’s Chief Judge, Justice Halima Abdulmalik stated that the order followed the hearing of a case brought before the court, pursuant to Order 42, Rule 10 of the Niger State High Court Civil Procedure 2018.
Justice Abdulmalik ordered that the Chief of Army Staff, General Faruk Yahaya and the Commandant Training and Doctrine Command Minna, Major General Stevenson Olugbenga Olabanji, be kept in Minna Correctional Custody for contempt of the order of the court on 12 October 2022.
The Presiding judge adjourned the case to 8 December 2022 for continuation.
Mobolaji Olajuwon, the presiding judge, issued the ruling, following a suit filed by Patrick Okoli, a former police officer who claimed he was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian police force.
Similarly, an FCT high court ordered the remand of Abdulrasheed Bawa, chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for contempt. However, the order was later set aside.
Writing by Abdullahi Lamino; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu