The Federal High Court in Abuja had given an order on August 31, 2020 to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Adamu Mohammed directing him to produce a Bayelsa State governorship candidate, Vijah Opuama, who has been in police detention since August 15, 2020.
The order was for the IGP to produce the Governorship candidate in court on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, which the IGP shunned and failed to bring forth the detainee.
The IGP also did not send any lawyer to represent him in court or file any defence as earlier ordered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo.
Justice Taiwo, frowned on the IGP’s violation of his orders and after hearing Opuama’s lawyer, Mr Michael Odey, he issued a fresh order directing the IGP and the co-defendant in the suit, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the IGP’s Monitoring Unit, to provide the detainee in court on September 7, 2020, at 10 am prompt “unfailingly”.
The judge further ruled that if the applicant is not brought before the court on the specified date, the court will not hesitate to order the appearance of the respondents before it.