Court Refuses DSS Application for Non-compliance with Court Orders

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has said it will not grant any application brought by the Department of State Services (DSS) until all orders of the court are obeyed.

A vacation judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, made this known in Abuja when DSS counsel, GOA Agbadua, brought an application for a remand warrant.

Dimgba said it would be wrong for the court to grant an application of the DSS when it had no regard for orders of the court.

He said he had ordered that Air Commodore Umar Mohammed (rtd), who was arraigned before him, to be remanded in Kuje Prison pending the hearing of his bail application.

“But the DSS decided to keep him in its custody against the order of the court.’’
Dimgba, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), also cited another instance when he ordered the service to produce some accused persons in court but noted that the DSS had yet to comply.

“The court will not grant any application of the DSS until there is sufficient proof that all orders of the court have been obeyed.

“It will be counter-productive for the court to take this application and grant the reliefs sought by the DSS.

“This court hereby adjourns this application sine die until the applicant’s counsel files an affidavit deposing to the fact that all outstanding orders of this court on the DSS have been complied with,” he said.
Dimgba had berated the DSS for flaunting orders of the court, one of which was to remand an accused person in Kuje prison.