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Lagos court orders arrest of immigration officer

Lagos State Court has ordered the arrest of immigration officer for disobeying an earlier summons issued to him over alleged assault.Information Guide Nigeria

THE GUARDIAN reports that Justice Sherifat Sonaike of a Lagos High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), yesterday, ordered the arrest of an immigration officer, Umar Mohammed.

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This followed an application by Alaba Kuku, the state Counsel prosecuting on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), following Mohammed’s absence in court.

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Recall that in January 19, 2023, during the last sitting, the court issued summons to Mohammed sequel to his refusal to appear in court to defend two charges filed against him by the state government.

In an application, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Dr. Babajide Martins asked the court to issue criminal summons against Mohammed, to compel him to appear for his trial.NYSC portal

Furthermore, in a charge marked LD/120518c/2022 filed against Mohammed, the state government alleged that Mohammed unlawfully assaulted one Oluwafemi Adeyemi Badiru.

Mohammed slapped Oluwafemi Adeyemi Badiru in his office and caused his nose to bleed.

The alleged incident occurred on July 30, 2019 at Nigerian Immigration Service Ikeja, Lagos.

Speaking, the prosecutor, Kuku told the court that the defendant was served the summons and he refused to take it.JAMB Result

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THE GUARDIAN reports that Kuku he also showed evidence of oath of the service to the defendant.

Ruling on the matter, Justice Sonaike ordered the Comptroller General of Immigration to bring the defendant
before the court in Lagos on April 4, 2023 to answer the said charge and adjourned to April 4, for mention.

Part of the charge reads: “That you Umar Mohammed on or about July, 30, 2019 at the Nigerian Immigration Office, Ikoyi, Lagos State, in the Lagos Judicial Division did unlawfully assault one Badiru Adeyemi Oluwafemi while executing his lawful official duty.

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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