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Boko Haram: Court orders AGF, Army, Police to produce WHO consultant

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and the Nigerian Army to produce in court within 60 days, Mohammed Mari Abba, a medical doctor, allegedly linked with Boko Haram.

Daily Post reports that Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako, ruled on the case filed by Abba, through his counsel, Ocholi Okutepa,  challenging his detention and should be charged to court.

Abba, a World Health Organisation (WHO), consultant who has been in detention since his arrest in Yobe State, 2012 prayed the court to declare his arrest and detention without a valid court order, as illegal and unlawful, grossly unconstitutional and a grave infringement on his fundamental rights to personal liberty.

He also demanded that he is compensated with N500 million as damages for his illegal detention.

Justice Nyako’s ruling states, “The first thing I wish to raise in this case is on the case of the applicant (Abba). This applicant who is suing in person is “missing”.
“The applicant, according to his wife, who deposed to the affidavit in support of the application, is being kept by the respondents in an undisclosed place.

“However curiously, I have come across a process in the file dated 10/06/16 on behalf of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th respondents, which claimed that the applicant has been charged in suit number FHC/ABJ/CR/138/2015.

“If this is correct, then it will be safe to assume the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th respondents have an idea where the applicant may be. So as not to embark on exercise in futility, I hereby order the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th respondents to produce the applicant before the court within 60 days or charge him to court.”

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