A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday issued a warrant of arrest of Victor Uwajeh, a former special investigator of the Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Public Property.
Uwajeh, a UK-based private investigator, was ordered to be arrested following his failure to appear in court, after the court ordered its bailiff to serve the defendant with court summons through substituted means.
The federal government filed a four-count charge against the accused, alleging that he had, amongst other things, defrauded Nigerians. This followed a petition against the defendant by Andy Uba, a Senator from Anambra state.
In his ruling, Judge John Tsoho, the trial judge, said the absence of Uwajeh was a disrespect to the court and subsequently ordered for his arrest.
“The defendant has still not shown up in court. This constitutes an affront by the defendant to the authority of this court and renders him liable to an order of arrest pursuant to Section 83(1)(b) 131 and 352(1)(a)of the ACJA,2015.
“Accordingly, bench warrant is issued against the defendant in this charge to compel his appearance before this court for trial,” the judge ruled.
Uwajeh was in March 2018 appointed a special investigator in the presidential panel for the recovery of public property but fired on April 23 for failing to disclose a criminal charge pending against him before the court.