In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 31st, August, 2020

Court docket Orders IGP To Produce Detained Bayelsa Governorship Candidate

Court Orders IGP To Produce Detained Bayelsa Governorship Candidate


Vijah Opuama

The Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja on Monday ordered the Inspector-Normal of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to supply earlier than it on Wednesday a Bayelsa State governorship candidate, Vijah Opuama, who has been detained by the police since August 15, 2020.

Opuama, the Liberation Motion’s governorship candidate within the Bayelsa State’s November 16, 2019 election was mentioned to have been arrested by the police on the premises of the state’s Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja, on August 15, 2020, whereas ready for judgment to be delivered on his petition difficult the end result of the disputed ballot.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo made the order directing the IGP to supply him in court docket on Wednesday and likewise directed the police boss to indicate trigger why the detainee shouldn’t be launched unconditionally.

He gave the orders shortly after Opuama’s ex parte utility was moved by his lawyer, Mr Michael Odey, on Monday.

The choose mentioned though the veracity of the claims contained in Opuama’s utility couldn’t be verified till the police responded to them, it was of concern that the police may detain the suspect past the constitutionally-permitted 24 hours interval with out granting him an administrative bail or charging him with any offence earlier than any court docket of competent jurisdiction which he mentioned have been many in Abuja.

He, due to this fact, ordered that the respondents (the IGP as the first respondent, and the Assistant Commissioner of Police heading the IGP’s Monitoring Unit, because the 2nd defendant) “shall present trigger why the applicant shouldn’t be launched unconditionally”.

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The choose additionally ordered that “the applicant shall be produced in court docket on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.”

Opuama’s spouse, Ebikoboere Amaebi, said within the affidavit filed in help of her husband’s utility that she was with the governorship candidate at Wuse Zone 6, Magistrates Court docket, Abuja, venue of the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, ready for the tribunal’s judgment to be delivered in his case, when “some unidentified males” allegedly violently arrested him on August 15, 2020.

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