Court orders arrest of naval commander for misconduct in Rivers 1

Court orders arrest of naval commander for misconduct in Rivers

A Federal High sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Tuesday has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the Commanding Officer, Nigerian Navy Pathfinder, Rumuolumeni, Commodore Sam Bora, following his disobedience not to the follow the order given to him in order to release a suspect from custody as well as his failure to appear in court despite being summoned.

Justice Hilary Oshoma, who issued the warrant on Tuesday, also ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and his men to effect the arrest of the naval commander and ensure that he appears before the court on December 3, 2020, to show course why he should not be disciplined.

According to the counsel for the plaintiff, Christian Woke, trouble started when naval operatives arrested his client, Ledumbari Nafiri, on August 21, 2020, and took away some of his property.

Woke added that the navy also denied his client access to his lawyer and defied a valid court order to release him.

He said, β€œMy client was wrongly arrested in a commando style when the naval officers invaded his house, took away his property and held him incommunicado. It was only after we approached the court that the court ordered that we should have access to him.

β€œWhen the court finally ordered that he should be released, immediately the said order was served on Mr Sam J. Bora, the Commanding Officer of Navy Pathfinder, Rumuolumini, Port Harcourt, he refused to obey the court order and rather transferred our client to Abuja; the same order was served on the Abuja naval office and they still refused to release him.”

Woke hailed the decision of the court, adding that the bench warrant was issued against the senior naval officer because he failed to honour the court’s summons thrice.

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