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Court orders arrest of Ex-DG, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies


A Federal High sitting in Apo, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja has ordered the arrest of former Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Professor Ladi Aisha Hamalai, for failure to appear before it in the corruption case preferred against her by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

The Court presided over by Hon. Justice C. O. Oba, issued the bench warrant on Monday, April 22, 2024 for the arrest of the Professor following her repeated failure to show up in the court.

The ICPC Counsel 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.

The Commission’s Spokesperson, Mr. Demola Bakare, in a statement on Thursday said in the suit charge number: FCT/HC/CR/312/23, 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 also accused the former DG of requesting for another sum of N29 million for the furnishing of the building as government guest house.

ICPC Prosecutor, Michael Adesola told the court that the former DG was served the arraignment notice but was surprised she was not in court.

On her part, Counsel to Professor Hamalai, Olayemi Afolayan, informed the court that her client was sick, hence the absence.

Justice Oba however 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.

The matter has since been adjourned till September 9, 2024.


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