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Army disobeys court order, blocked lawyer from seeing a detained soldier
THE Nigerian Army reportedly prevented a lawyer, Mr. Tope Akinyode, from seeing his client, Lance Corporal Martins Idakpani, regardless of an injunction from a Federal High Court impel the military to grant Akinyode passage to the soldier.
His client, Idakpani was said to have been in confinement since June for allegedly offending Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, and the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin in a trended video social media.
He was apprehended along together with his spouse, Victoria. While she was acquitted a number of days later, Idakpani has stayed in detention and rejected access to relations and legal representation.
According to PUNCH reports, Justice Anwuli Chikere had about 14 days ago authorized that Idakpani’s lawyer is permitted entry to him.
The judge additionally stated that both the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Chief of Army Staff must ascertain that the court decision was carried out and fulfilled.
Nonetheless, Akinyode stated he was refused access to his client on two occasions.
The lawyer said it was sad that the military under the leadership of Buratai had concluded to violate a legitimate court order.
He said it was disappointing that even during civil rule the army did not shed its dictatorial tendencies.
Akinyode stated he worried that his client could have been tortured or murdered therefore the decision of the military to disclaim him access.
The lawyer stated, “Buratai’s conduct is a disgrace to the Armed Forces. He is tearing the constitution apart and rendering useless the concept of the rule of law. Buratai is about to become a dictator before our very eyes. There’s fire on the mountain.
“I got to the army headquarters around 2 pm today after informing the AGF of my planned visit. Two officers that I met were identified as Lucky B and Genesis J. They denied me access to my client based on the order of Buratai.”