A Katsina-born crusader, Mahdi Shehu, is reportedly nonetheless within the custody of the Nigeria Police regardless of a court docket order for rapid launch.
Shehu, 62, was first detained for 11 days between November and December 2020, on the orders of the Inspector Normal of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
The IGP Monitoring Unit operatives arrested him over a multi-billion naira corruption and funds misappropriation allegation towards Governor Aminu Bello Masari, Secretary to the Authorities, Mustapha Inuwa, different officers and contractors.
Shehu, in a petition to the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), alleged that between June 2015 and April 29, 2020, the federal government squandered N52 billion from the state’s safety account, amongst others.
Following an order of the FCT Excessive Courtroom, Shehu, on December 18, was launched to attend a court docket listening to.
The Excessive Courtroom declared the applicant’s arrest and detention unconstitutional and illegal. The court docket awarded N5 billion as damages towards the Nigeria Police and the IGP.
However the Police and Adamu, but to pay the damages, rearrested Shehu on February 16.
The Federal Excessive Courtroom, presided over by Justice Taiwo O. Taiwo, once more ordered IGP Adamu and the FCT Police Commissioner, to launch Shehu from detention.
His lawyer, Mustapha Abubakar, accused the Police of failing to obey the regulation.
“The order for the discharge/bail of the applicant was made in Go well with No: PHC/ABJ/CS/208/21 between Alhaji Muhammad Mahdi Shehu Vs. IGP and COP FCT Abuja, pursuant to an ex parte software for interim reliefs, and failure of the Respondents to supply the Applicant earlier than the Courtroom as earlier ordered,” the counsel mentioned.
A member of the family instructed PRNigeria that the Police was flagrantly shunning a sound ruling.
“It’s apparently out of sheer wickedness that our brother and eminent philanthropist Alhaji Mahdi Shehu remains to be been held hostage and detained illegally on the order of IGP Adamu.”
The relative added that the detainee was battling some well being challenges and alleged that the police was denying him entry to treatment.
Since his arrest, Shehu, the Chairman of Dialogue Group Restricted, has been sighted with a neck brace and crutches.