Justice Dimgba Lambasts DSS, Says Action Embarrassment to Democracy

Vacation Judge of Federal High Court, Abuja, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, is
furious with the Department of State Security (DSS) for flagrantly
flouting court’s order.
The Judge did not mince words on Friday when he berated the DSS for
what he considered disregard for order of the court.
When the security outfit arraigned Air Commodore Umar Mohammed (retd)
on Thursday, the Judge ordered that he (Mohammed) be remanded in
Kuje Prison pending when his bail application will be argued before
him on Friday.
However, by Friday, he learnt the accused was still being detained in
the cell of DSS, moreso he was not brought to court, while his counsel
argued the bail application.
Realizing his order was not obeyed, Justice Dimgba got furious and
said he took strong exception to the service’s disregard of the
court’s order by keeping the defendant in its custody, describing it
as an embarrassment to democracy.
“I take a strong exception to this type of behaviour; when the court
orders that someone be kept in prison custody, the person ought to be
kept in prison and not in the office.
“If the people at the DSS want to become Judge and do their job as
well, I am ready to vacate my office for them, but as long as I am
still here, I take an exception to them flouting the orders of the
court.
“Once processes have been filed in court, it is no longer in their
hands and the order of the court must be obeyed,” Dimgba fumed.
He asked the prosecuting counsel, E.A Orji, to convey the grievances
of the court to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.
Counsel for Mohammed, Hassan Liman (SAN), had told the court that
the DSS whisked Mohammed away immediately after the court proceedings
ended on Thursday.
But the prosecuting counsel explained that the defendant was taken to
the DSS office for some documentation.
Mohammed is charged with money laundering, possession of fire arms and
violation of provision of Official Secret Act.
The defendant is a retired Air Force officer and was a member of the
presidential team investigating the arms deal in the country.

Author: News Editor

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