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Suspended Adamawa REC Fled To Niger Republic, Lawyer Tells Court

Following this development, Justice Benjamin Manji, then tasked the counsel to produce Yunusa Ari within two weeks and accordingly adjourned the case.


This file photo taken on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, shows Hudu Yunusa-Ari in police custody. (Facebook/Nigeria Police Force)

 

The suspended Adamawa state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Hudu Yunusa Ari, has evaded arraignment for the second time.

Yunusa-Ari has gone into hiding, the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), CSP Moses Jolugbo, told the Adamawa State High Court of Justice.

The trial judge, Justice Benjamin Manji, had tasked the Nigerian police to produce the suspended REC on or before the adjourned date of November 23.

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When the matter came up on Wednesday, counsel to INEC, Rotimi Jacobs, prayed the court to issue a warrant of arrest against the fleeing suspended REC.

Before Justice Benjamin could respond to the request by counsel to INEC Rotimi Jacobs, a lawyer, Usman Suleiman (SAN), announced his appearance for Yunusa Ari. According to him, he is doing so under the instructions of his son.

He further announced that his client (Hudu Yunusa Ari) is not in the country but is in Niger Republic.

Following this development, Justice Benjamin Manji, then tasked the counsel to produce Yunusa Ari within two weeks and accordingly adjourned the case.