IGP Baba unaware courtroom ordered him to arrest, remand EFCC chairman Bawa in jail custody: Police

IGP Baba unaware courtroom ordered him to arrest, remand EFCC chairman Bawa in jail custody: Police

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

IGP Usman Baba, Abdulrasheed Bawa

The Inspector-Common of Police, Usman Baba, says he’s unaware of a courtroom ruling that ordered the committal of Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman, Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, to jail over contempt.

“I’m not conscious of any order. Maybe it was not addressed to us,” police spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi instructed Peoples Gazette when requested if the police would perform the courtroom order.

Justice Chizoba Oji of the FCT Excessive Court docket on October 28 ordered Mr Bawa to be committed to Kuje correctional facility for wilful disobedience after the fee did not obey a previous judgement issued on November 21, 2018 relating to Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Rufus Adeniyi Ojuawo, former NAF director of operations.

The courtroom in 2018 had instructed the EFCC to return the sum of N40 million and a Vary Rover Sport (Supercharged) to Mr Ojuawo, after he was discovered not responsible of receiving gratification from one Hima Aboubakar of Societe D’Gear Internationaux Nigeria Restricted. 

The anti-graft company for 4 years, did not adjust to the order, prompting Mr Oji to order Mr Bawa’s contemporary remand in Kuje jail till the EFCC returned the aforementioned cash and car to Mr Ojuawo.

Mr Oji had particularly requested the police inspector-general to “be sure that the order of this honourable courtroom is executed forthwith.”

Nevertheless, Mr Baba’s assertion that he was not conscious of the courtroom order reveals a communication hole between the police and the judiciary.

The event marks the newest occasion of blatant disregard of the regulation beneath the President Muhammadu Buhari regime.

It was, nevertheless, unclear how the order could be executed since Ibrahim Magu was the appearing chairman of the anti-graft company between November 2015 and July 2020 when the order was issued.

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