General Farouk Yahaya, the Chief of Army Staff, has been ordered to be arrested for suspected contempt by a Federal High Court in Minna, Niger State.
The order was made in response to a notice submitted to the court in accordance with Order 42, Rule 10 of the Niger State High Court Civil Procedure 2018, according to Justice Halima Abdulmalik, who issued the warrant and presided over the case.
The judge ruled that the order is commuting Yahaya to be kept in Minna correctional custody for contentions of order of the court on October 12, 2022, adding that the COAS is to remain in custody till he has been “purged”of the contempt.
The judge issued that the Commandant Training and Doctrine Command, Minna, Major General Olugbenga Olabanji, be arrested and imprisoned for a similar offense.
Justice Abdulmalik then adjourned the case to December 8 for continuation.
This is coming few days after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja sentenced the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to three months in prison for disobeying a court order.
The IGP’s committal followed a suit that was filed by a police officer, Patrick Okoli, who was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian Police Force.