The arrest of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Faruk Yahaya, has been ordered by a high court sitting in Minna, the capital of the Niger State, over contempt.
Major General Olugbenga Olabanji, Commandant Training and Doctrine Command, Minna, is also scheduled to be detained for a related violation.
Justice Halima Abdulmalik, the presiding judge, stated that the order was made after hearing a motion on notice that was brought before the court in accordance with Order 42, Rule 10, of the Niger State High Court Civil Procedure 2018.
Yahaya and Olabanji will be kept in Minna correctional custody for challenges to the court’s order as of October 12, 2022, according to Justice Abdulmalik’s decision.
She claims that the two accused must stay detained until they are free of the contempt.
The matter was then postponed until December 8 for further proceedings by Justice Abdulmalik.
Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), was given a three-month prison sentence for disobeying a court order in November by Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Justice Olajuwon gave the ruling in response to a lawsuit brought by Patrick Okoli, a former police officer, who claimed he was forcibly and illegally retired from the Nigeria Police Force.
Additionally in November, Abdulrasheed Bawa, the head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was found guilty of contempt and sentenced to serve his time in prison at the Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja by Justice Chizoba Oji of a High Court in Abuja.
The judge determined that Bawa was in violation of the court’s decision from November 21, 2018, which required the commission to give back to the applicant his Range Rover and N40 million.
But in a later decision, Justice Oji overturned Bawa’s conviction after hearing an application from the head of the EFCC.