Sexual Abuse: Court Orders Police To Arrest Dismissed Teacher, Daniel Igoche For Shunning Invitation

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory FCT has issued a warrant of arrest against a dismissed teacher, Igoche Daniel Adah over his failure to appear before the court for arraignment in sexual abuse related charges.

Justice Akeem Fashola issued the arrest warrant on Tuesday in Abuja following the absence of the defendant for the second time to be in court to take his plea in the criminal charges brought against by the Commissioner of Police in the FCT Command.

When the matter was called, it was discovered that the accused person was not in court without any reason while he also has no legal representation.

Counsel to Police, Mr John Ijagbemi informed the Judge that the accused person and his surety were served with hearing notice and that they gave words of assurance to be in court.

The lawyer expressed disgust that the accused person chose to disrespect the court for the second time by ignoring the Court’s invitation.

Ijagbemi subsequently pleaded with Justice Fashola to issue warrant of arrest against the accused person to enable police pick him up and bring him before the court.

In a brief ruling, the Judge agreed that the defendant was exhibiting disrespect to the court and that such habit must be curbed.

Justice Fashola proceeded to issue warrant for the arrest of the defendant with an order that he should be detained until he is brought before the court to show cause on judgment in the criminal charges should not be granted against him.

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The Judge fixed June 23 for police to bring the defendant before the court.

In an interview with Judiciary Correspondents after the proceedings, the police counsel said that he was compelled to apply for warrant of arrest against the dismissed teacher because of his persistent refusal to honour court invitation for his defence in the charges against him.

“Like I said in the open court, the defendant has chosen to be absent in court despite being served with notice for arraignment as required by law.

“He and his surety assured to be in court but I am shocked and surprised with their failure to be in court and to worsen the situation, without any explanation.

“This is his second time of failing to be in court”, the counsel said.

With the issuance of the arrest warrant, the counsel vowed that the accused person, Igoche would be apprehended and would be brought before the court for justice in line with provisions of the law.

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