Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, summoned the Director, Legal Department of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, and a lawyer, S. I. Bello, over the sudden death of a suspect, Abubakar Rilwan.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, who is sitting as the court’s vacation judge, ordered that the NCS legal director and Bello should appear before the court on August 4 to explain why they should not be put on trial for contempt for allegedly failing to give Rilwan medical attention as ordered by it.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that Rilwan, who is a staff of the Arewa Consultative Forum, was arrested by customs operatives over alleged forgery.
The suspect reportedly claimed that he has connection with the NCS and can influence employment into the agency.
NCS operatives arrested him in June and accused him of forging documents.
He was arraigned on July 12. Observing that the suspect was not looking healthy, the judge suspended proceedings and directed that he should be taken to hospital for treatment.
Rilwan’s lawyer, Laura Oviawe, told the court, yesterday, that her client died on July 13 while arrangements were being made to take him to court.
Oviawe said NCS officials called her on July 13 to inform her about the suspect’s death.

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