Court directs IGP, to make available detained Bayelsa governorship candidate

The Abuja Federal High Court has again directed the police to produce Vijah Opuama, who was the Bayelsa Governorship Candidate in the November 16, 2019 election.

According to NAN reports, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, had on two occasions of Aug. 3 and Sept. 2, ordered that Opuama who was said to be in police custody, be produced in court but the orders were not obeyed by the security outfit.

Opuama’s lawyer, Michael Odey, was the one who on Aug. 31, brought an ex-parte application before the court, seeking that the police show reason why the detainee should not be released unconditionally.

As a result of that move by the lawyer, the judge, on Monday, issued the third order, after the police failed to comply with the Sept. 2 order, directing that the detainee be produced in court for the day’s proceedings.

The new order, enjoined the IG to make available Opuama who was arrested by policemen from the IGP’s Monitoring Unit on Aug. 15, in court on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

“The court made an order that the applicant be produced in this court. That order must be obeyed.

“I shall, therefore, make an order that the applicant must be produced on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

“The applicant must be produced in court on that day unfailing,” the Judge ordered.

The Judge also fixed Sept. 9 for the hearing of Opuama’s bail application.

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But, Miss T. O Amalaha, a lawyer, who appeared for the I-G and the head of the Monitoring Unit of the I-G Office, pleaded with the judge to adjourn the case till Sept. 16 instead of Sept. 9.

The judge rejected Amalaha’s plea as well as refusing to give the police another seven days after they violated the two previous orders issued for the production of the detainee in court.

“We are in a democracy. Nigeria is not a Banana Republic. Public officers cannot afford to act irrationally,” Justice Taiwo added.

The jugde further made it clear that if the police fail to produce the detainee in court, he would order the IG to appear in court.

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