Police fail to produce murder suspect in court -The Nigeria Police Force failed to produce a murder suspect, Kolawole Adeleye, before a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Wednesday despite an order by a judge.
The sitting judge, Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari, ordered the police to produce Mr. Adeleye after his lawyer informed the court of police torture on his client without charging his case to court even after several weeks of arrest.
Police fail to produce murder suspect in court
The judge gave the order following a report made by his legal counsel Barr. Olanrewaju Ajanaku, and also issued a fundamental rights enforcement suit against the Nigeria Police Force and one Inspector Idowu, for torture.
According to a motion on notice filed by Mr. Ajanaku before the court, following Mr. Adeleye’s arrest by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad on November 15 last year, the police tortured him leading to the dislocation of his right hand, wrist, and bruises on his arms and back.
On Wednesday, the lawyer said the police blocked all efforts by the court’s bailiff to serve them a notice of the judge’s order.
“I know that your Lordship has the power to compel them to receive the processes. The applicant has been separated from the others and kept at Area F (police station),” Mr. Ajanaku said.
“In the circumstance, I’m only concerned with the living of the applicant, he’s being threatened to be eliminated.”
Mr. Ajanaku told the court he would bring an application for substituted service to the police on Thursday and the judge adjourned further proceedings till January 4th.
Mr. Adeleye was among four suspects arrested by the police in connection with the murder of Emmanuel Uba, an influential member of the All Progressives Congress in Festac Town.
Mr. Uba, was also the leader of the Festac Town/Amuwo Odofin Community Policing Youth Vanguard until his death, he was reportedly shot on the eve of the town local government election.