Court orders arrest of naval commander for misconduct

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A Federal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the Commanding Officer, Nigerian Pathfinder, Rumuolumeni, Commodore Sam Bora, following his failure to appear in court despite being summoned as well as disobeying the order to release a suspect custody.

Hilary Oshoma, who issued the warrant on , also ordered the Inspector-General of , Adamu, and his men to effect the arrest of the naval commander and ensure that he appears before the court on December 3, 2020, to show course why he should not be disciplined.

According to the counsel for the plaintiff, Woke, trouble started when naval operatives arrested his client, Ledumbari Nafiri, on August 21, 2020, and took away some of his property.

Woke added that the also denied his client access to his and defied a valid court order to release him.

He said, “ client wrongly arrested in a commando style when the naval invaded his house, took away his property and held him incommunicado. It only after we approached the court that the court ordered that we should have access to him.

“When the court finally ordered that he should be released, immediately the said order served on Mr Sam J. Bora, the Commanding Officer of Pathfinder, Rumuolumini, Port Harcourt, he refused to obey the court order and rather transferred our client to Abuja; the same order was served on the Abuja naval office and they still refused to release him.”

Woke hailed the decision of the court, adding that the bench warrant was issued against the senior naval officer because he failed to honour the court’ summons thrice.