A warrant for the arrest of Army Chief of Staff General Faruk Yahaya has been issued by the High Court in Minna, Niger State, on charges of contempt.
The presiding judge, Justice Halima Abdulmalik, explained that the ruling was issued after the court received notice per order 42 rule 10 of the Niger State High Court Civil Procedure 2018.
He also issued an arrest warrant for Olugbenga Olabanji, commandant of the Training and Doctrine Command in Minna, for the same offence.
The presiding judge held, “An order is made committing the Nigerian army chief of staff general Farouk Yahaya and the commander training and doctrine command (TRADOC) Minna i.e 6th &7th respondents into the custody of the correctional centre for contempt of the order of this honourable court made on the 12/10/2022. They shall remain in the custody of the correctional centre until they purge themselves of the contempt.”
The order was issued in respect of a suit between Adamu Makama and 42 others versus the Governor of Niger State and seven others.
The motion for the issuance of the warrants was moved by Mohammed Liman, counsel to the plaintiffs/applicants.
Liman had prayed the court to send the Army Chief and Commandant to prison for disobeying an order made in October.
The development occurred 48 hours after a Federal High Court in Abuja sentenced the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to three months in prison for disobeying a court order.
Baba’s contempt ruling preceded that of Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).