A Federal High Court in Jos, the Plateau State capital has threatened to jail the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu and Abba Kyari, the officer in charge of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) for disobeying its orders.
Justice Dorcas Agishi gave the order on Wednesday after the two men failed to produce a suspect, Nanpon Sambo, who was alleged to have died in police custody in Abuja.
He has neither been charged to court to date for any offence by the police who ignored several court orders to produce him for the continuation of his trial.
The Police, through its Counsel, Mr Joshua Ayanna, had claimed that the suspect died in their custody in July.
This claim brought about the court to order IGP Adamu and Abba Kyari, to produce Sambo before it on Nov 29 dead or alive.
“If the defendant has already been buried by the police, the police are hereby ordered to exhume the corpse of the defendant and produce it at the Jos University teaching hospital for positive forensic and DNA identification by a licensed medical practitioner,” Justice Agishi said.
Although the judge gave them two weeks within which to produce the suspect or face the wrath of the Court, they, however, failed to comply with the order as they were not even in Court on that day, Nov. 19.
Upon resumption of hearing of the case, the defense counsel, Mr D.G. Dashe, informed the court that the earlier order of Nov. 29 has not been obeyed or complied with.
Justice Agishi, hereby, ordered IGP Mohammed Adamu and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abba Kyari, in charge of Intelligence Response Team (IRT), to appear in person before the court on the next adjourned date, Dec. 9 to show cause why they should not be committed to prison for gross contempt.
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