The judge gave the order when the police failed to arraign the accused after leave to prefer criminal charge was granted.
An Abuja High Court judge on Wednesday lampooned the Nigerian police for its poor handling and prosecution of an alleged rapist.
The judge ordered a prosecuting counsel, Umoh Enah, to produce the accused, Yusuf Adamu, in court.
Justice Maryann Anineh gave the order when the police failed to arraign the accused after leave to prefer criminal charges against him was granted by the court almost a year ago, in June 2012.
Mr. Enah said he was holding brief for the original prosecutor, Adama Musa, whom, he said, was prosecuting another matter at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
However, Ms. Anineh said that the case had suffered series of adjournments at the instance of the prosecution, adding that the accused only appeared once.
“If you do not want to prosecute this case, let us know so we can write to the Commissioner of Police.
“Or you apply to withdraw the case so that we will put you on record that you cannot say that the court discharged a rapist,’’ she said.
Mr. Anineh adjourned the case to May 21 for arraignment and definite hearing.
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