Lagos Prison Controller Summoned for Allegedly Refusing to Remand Suspect

Court summons prison officials over failure to remand contemnor Dada Aigbe in custody, highlighting importance of compliance with court orders and role of correctional services.

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Lagos Prison Controller Summoned for Allegedly Refusing to Remand Suspect

Lagos Prison Controller Summoned for Allegedly Refusing to Remand Suspect

Justice Akintunde Savage of an Ikeja High Court has summoned the Lagos State Controller of Nigeria Correctional Services (NCoS) Alagbon, Ikoyi to appear on April 25, 2024 and explain why a contemnor, Dada Aigbe, the Chairman of Confidence Cargo Freight Forwarder, was not in custody at Kirikiri Custodial Centre. The judge had previously committed Aigbe to one month imprisonment in Kirikiri Maximum security custody for contempt, after he ignored a court order.

The court also ordered the Deputy Sheriff of Lagos State High Court, Michael Alogaga, to appear on the same date to explain how he served the court process on Aigbe. The order was issued after the Claimant in a land dispute case, Oba Shakirudeen Adeshina Kuti, filed a contempt proceeding against Aigbe.

The case was instituted by Oba Kuti on behalf of the Ajamogun/Onikotun family of Ewu kingdom against the Osolo of Osolo and the Baale Mafoluku, Ajao Estate. The judge adjourned the case until April 25 for the controller-general and the sheriff to provide evidence of Aigbe's whereabouts.

Why this matters: This case highlights the importance of compliance with court orders and the consequences of being held in contempt of court. It also emphasizes the role of correctional services in ensuring that those committed to prison by the courts are duly remanded in custody.

The counsel for the claimant argued that despite the court order to remand Aigbe, he has not been taken into custody at any correctional center in the state. Justice Savage has now summoned the prison controller and sheriff to get to the bottom of the matter and determine why the court's order was allegedly not carried out with regard to remanding the contemnor. The April 25 court date is expected to shed more light on Aigbe's whereabouts and the circumstances around the alleged non-compliance with the court order.

Key Takeaways

  • Court summons Lagos NCoS controller over contemnor's absence in Kirikiri prison
  • Contemnor Dada Aigbe committed to 1-month imprisonment for ignoring court order
  • Court orders sheriff to explain how court process was served on Aigbe
  • Case involves land dispute between Ajamogun/Onikotun family and Osolo, Baale Mafoluku
  • Court seeks evidence of contemnor's whereabouts and reasons for non-compliance