Adeshina vs IGP: Injustice Personified as IGP Plans to Disregard Federal High Court Lagos Division, Plans to Secretly Arraign Accused in Abuja

The last is yet to be heard of the case involving Mr Adeshina Adelani Adekanmbi whom the police continue to hold in detention for over 3 months without regard to the rule of law.

The police acting on a petition by one Oseni Mohammed Auyo , arrested Mr Adeshina Adelani Adekanmbi over a “Bureau d change” business transaction.

Recall that a civil society few days back had called out the IGP over the continue detention of Mr Adeshina and demanded the police to arraign the accuse in court or grant him bail.

The civil society also demanded the IGP to order his men , especially ASP Abdullahi Bala , Noah Reuben to ensure no harm befalls the accused in custody.

But in a recent development the civil society in a press statement today expressed dissapointment over the action of the Police to serve charge on the accused person without allowing him access to his lawyer and family members.

Part of the statement reads ” On a good authority we are aware that the police has served charges on Mr Adeshina”.

“What is interesting to note here is that Mr Adeshina had dragged the Inspector General of Police to court , a federal high court lagos division and the same has ordered the Nigeria Police to produce the accused in court on Wednesday the 15th of February and show reason why he should not be granted bail an order which was since served on the police on the 10th of February and was well acknowledged”.

“The same court ordered the police not to take any further action on the accused until the substantive case is heard”.

“The police whose trade mark under IGP Usman Baba Alkali, is now known to be total disregard for the rule of law , rushed to serve charge on the accused yesterday the 13th of February”.

“A charge should normally have the court name and date for arraignment but on the charge served on Adeshina, the police refuse to indicate the day and court for arraignment, and also refuse Adeshina access to contact his lawyers”.

“One will wonder what the Nigerian police is afraid of , an accused you claimed to have a case against and after been in your detention for over 3 Months you failed to arraign in court , but all of a sudden the accused have served a court process on the police and as usual the police is now trying to act a fast one by trying to arraign the accuse in a different court secretly”.

“The judiciary must raise to this occasion and put an end to this illegality by the police”.

“The Lagos Federal High court is of co-ordinate jurisdiction and as such another high court can not be seen to be entertaining the same matter , when the police have been ordered not to take further action “.

“While we acknowledge the power of the police to investigate crimes committed , the police should know that the accused is innocent until proven guilty , that is what our law says but the action of the police is a prove of the other wise”.

“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the police service commission to take note of this Injustice metted to Mr Adeshina as there are many like him in the custody of the police suffering same fate”.

“We ask again why is the police afraid of the federal high court in Lagos , why do they now want to arraign the accused when there is an order restraining them from further action , if they have a case against the accused why not show course before the federal high court in Lagos , we condem in totality the plan to secretly arraign the accuse in court” Sam Adah Convener of the civil group declares.

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