Obiajulu Ujah, a supporter of Peter Obi, has been ordered to be remanded at the Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja by an Abuja Magistrate Court.
Ujah will be there for one month on observation to enable medical experts to determine the state of his mental health.
Recall that on March 31, Ujah stirred commotion at the Abuja airport, in a Lagos-bound Ibom Air flight, where he warned against the inauguration of President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Ujah is on trial for a criminal charge in a case marked CR/08/23 filed by the Commissioner of Police in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
Magistrate Abdulazeel Ismail Muhammed of the FCT Magistrate Court ruled on Thursday in Zuba Magisterial District, PRNigeria reports.
“Having scrutinized the medical report dated 17th day of April 2023 and signed by Dr Olusegun Shoyombo, a consultant psychiatrist, I am of the opinion that the defendant cannot defend himself,” he said.
Muhammad referred to Section 278(3) & (4) ACJA, 2015, since he needed immediate medical attention.
The clause states that the trial must be postponed and the defendant remanded for a maximum of one month if the court is not confident in the defendant’s ability to present a defense.
The clause further specifies that a medical officer must keep an eye on the detained defendant throughout his confinement.
The medical officer must provide the court with his written assessment of the person’s mental state prior to the end of that time period.
Where the officer is unable to form any definite opinion, he shall so certify to the court and ask for further remand of up to three months.
“From all these, the need to prevent the risk of jumping treatment and having found that Kuje Correctional Facility has the requisite medical personnel, I hereby order that the defendant be remanded for medical observation for one month,” Muhammed said.
The medical personnel shall accord the defendant the requisite medical treatment at the expense of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the magistrate added.
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