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Alleged Corruption: Court Orders Arrest Of Ex-DG, NILDS 

 

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, Ladi Hamalai, for her failure to appear in the corruption case preferred against her by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Trial judge, Justice Christopher Oba, issued the bench warrant on Monday, 22nd of April, 2024 for the arrest of the Professor following her repeated failure to show up in the court.

The ICPC Counsel, Michael Adesola, 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, the ICPC is accusing Professor Hamalai of using her office to confer corrupt advantage upon herself by making a request for the sum of N12 million to rent a guest house for her office but used the amount to purchase a property for herself at Gwarimpa area of Abuja.

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

Counsel to Professor Hamalai, Olayemi Afolayan has however told the court that her client was sick, and this was the reason for her absence.

After listening to both parties, Justice Oba 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.

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The matter was then adjourned till 9th of September, 2024.

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