Justice Aminu Aliyu of the Federal High Court, Minna, on Monday, May 27, 2019, ordered the Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command, to arrest former Niger State Governor Muazu Babagida Aliyu and compel his appearance in court on June 13, 2019.
The Judge additionally directed the CP to capture previous Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship contender for Niger State, Umar Nasko. The improvement was continuation of the non-appearance of the pair in court for the second time.
The EFCC is prosecuting Aliyu and Nasko over their alleged involvement in about N2billion money laundering. The judge, who was visibly angry over lack of respect for his court, gave three orders to the Commissioner of Police for failure to carry out his order.
First, he ordered Commissioner of police to appear before the court for failure to execute his order. Secondly, he directed the Commissioner of Police to execute the Bench warrant earlier issued against the duo. The Judge further directed the CP to personally arrest Aliyu and Nasko and personally bring them to court on the next adjourned date- June 13, 2019.
By chance, no reason was peddled for their nonattendance in court. Legal advisor to Babangida Aliyu, Akinjide Ayodele (SAN), who was available in court, in any case, guaranteed that he was unfit to connect with his client on Sunday. In any case, the judge answered that Babangida Aliyu was not in court as indicated by his court records.
Nasko’s legal counselor, Mamman Ousman (SAN), was likewise missing in court with his client. Lead legal counselor to the indicting EFCC, Mr Muyiwa Akinboro (SAN), Hadiza Afegbua and Bilyaman Lawal showed up for the Commission.