Barrister Christian Chijioke Woke of Master Law Chambers in Port Harcourt has welcomed the decision of a Federal High Court Judge that issued a bench and arrest warrant to Mr Sam J. Bora the commanding officer of Navy pathfinder Rumulomeni, Port Harcourt over flagrant disregard to court orders.
Barrister Woke in an interview with our reporter said the commanding officer of Navy pathfinder was in flagrant disobedience to court orders and despite repeated order for him to appear before the court he placed himself above the Law and refuse to appear.
Barrister Woke disclosed that the order made by Justice H.C Oshomah of Federal high court 4 on Monday for the Inspector General of Police and any of his officers to arrest the Navy Commanding officer and bring him before the court on December 3 2020 is a welcome development and will serve as deterrent to other persons who disregard the court.
Barrister Woke said his client precious Nafiri was arrested on 21st August 2020 by the Navy Pathfinder in Rumulomeni reportedly by the orders of the Navy Commanding officer.
Barrister Woke revealed that his client property was carter away without court order. He said his client was denied access to his family and disconnected from his medication and it only took court order for the Navy to allow his lawyers to have access to Precious Nafiri after protracted detention.
Barrister Woke disclosed that despite the court order for Precious Nafiri to be released from custody of the Navy, the Navy pathfinder flagrantly disobeyed the order which prompted the issuing of the bench warrant and arrest warrant to the commanding officer.
Barrister Woke said it will serve as deterrent to other persons who do not regard the court.
Meanwhile Prince Wiro of Centre for Basic Rights Protection And Accountability Campaign in his reaction said it was wrong for people in position of trust to disregard court orders.
Mr Wiro stated that such actions may lead to chaos and should be discouraged.
The Suit no is FHC/PH/MISC/191/2020 between The Nigerian Navy vs Precious Ledumubari Nafiri.