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Court orders arrest of ex-national institute DG, Prof Hamalai

Court orders arrest of ex-national institute DG, Prof Hamalai

A Federal High Court, sitting in Apo, Abuja, has ordered the arrest of the former Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Professor Ladi Aisha Hamalai, for her failure to appear in the corruption case preferred against her by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC.

The court, presided over by Justice C. O. Oba, issued the bench warrant on Monday, April 22, 2024, for the arrest of the professor following her repeated failure to show up in court.

The ICPC counsel had informed the court that this is the fourth consecutive time that the former DG of NILS failed to honour the invitation of the commission to appear in the case, having been properly served.

In the suit with charge number FCT/HC/CR/312/23, ICPC is accusing Prof. Hamalai of using her office to confer a corrupt advantage upon herself by requesting the sum of N12 million to rent a guest house for her office and using the amount to purchase a property for herself in the Gwarimpa area of Abuja.

The commission, in a four-count charge, also accused the former DG of requesting another sum of N29 million for the furnishing of the building as a government guest house.

The ICPC prosecutor, Michael Adesola, told the court that the former DG was served the arraignment notice but was surprised she was not in court.

On her part, counsel to Prof. Hamalai, Olayemi Afolayan, informed the court that her client was sick, hence the absence.

Justice Oba, however, ruled that, having failed to appear in court, the ICPC should effect the arrest of the former DG and produce her in court at the next adjourned date.

The matter was adjourned until September 9, 2024.

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