Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a former Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Inde Dikko
According to Justice Ojukwu, this was to ensure Dikko’s appearance in court to take his plea on the next adjourned date for his arraignment by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on fraud charges.
The warrant for the arrest was sequel to an application brought by ICPC’s prosecution counsel, E. A. Shogunle, when another scheduled arraignment could not hold due to the absence of the accused person in court.
Justice Ojukwu granted the Commission’s prayer over continued failure of the former Comptroller-General to attend court for his arraignment.
The judge noted that his lawyer, Solomon Akuma (SAN) who, on the last adjourned date, had assured the court that his client was going to be present in court only turned around to present a medical report, claiming that he was critically ill and on admission in London.
Justice Ijeoma also ordered that if in the execution of the bench warrant it was discovered that the accused was actually ill and receiving treatment in a London hospital, then the execution shall be suspended, otherwise the prosecution should arrest him and produce him in court on 16th March, 2020 which is the next adjourned date for arraignment.
Dikko, alongside two others, Garba Makarfi and Umar Husseini, is facing multiple charges that include defrauding the Managing Director of Cambial Limited, Mr. Yemi Obadeyi of N1.1 billion.