The manner in which government officials cut their bodies or behave in an unhealthy manner during interrogations is not uncommon in Nigeria.
Politicians or other high-ranking officials have been seen disappearing in court, and some have appeared in court or wheelchairs to apologize or compromise.
Many are accused of embezzlement or corruption.
We have examined six Nigerian government officials who have been mutilated, fallen in court or behaved ill.
Former chairman of the Pension Reform Commission of Nigeria, Abdulrasheed Maina, who has been on trial since 2019, has died in an Abuja court after appearing before the court on Thursday.
Maina has been sentenced to life in prison by a U.S. district court judge for allegedly embezzling $ 2 billion.
A video circulating on social media shows Maina posing as a so-called “sit and eat doya” while being held after he regains consciousness.
Maina was recently arrested in the Republic of Niger where he was extradited to Nigeria by international police to continue his trial after escaping on bail.
|Maina once appeared in court on a wheelchair.|
Maina is being prosecuted by the EFCC on 12 counts, including possession of significant assets in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
Former Niger Delta commissioner Daniel Pondei
The chairman of the Niger Delta Development Corporation (NDDC) has been amputated during a probe into alleged embezzlement by his agency.
It happened during his trial in July 2020 while briefing members of the Federal Parliament Committee on the Niger Delta on how the commission had spent billions of naira.
Pondei couldn’t breathe and leaned back in his chair. Eventually the president was kicked out of the conference room.
As a result, his investigation was delayed for some time.
Mr Pondei also walked out of the inquiry unfinished, accusing the committee chairman, Senator Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo of corruption.
Former PDP spokesperson Olisa Metuh
Former PDP spokesman Olisa Metuh, who was sentenced by a court to seven years in prison, once appeared in court on a hospital bed.
He was arrested on suspicion of embezzling N400 million from the office of former National Security Adviser to the President, Colonel Sambo Dasuki during the reign of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The EFCC, which fights the Nigerian economy, has filed a lawsuit against him.
Senator Dino Melaye
|Police have accused Senator Melaye of attempting to commit suicide after he jumped out of their car|
Senator Dino Melaye has also been arraigned before a magistrate’s court in Abuja on a stretcher, during an altercation with police.
He was arraigned by police on charges of attempted murder of an officer and allegedly escaping from their custody in 2018.
Dino Melaye’s clash with the police attracted the attention of Nigerians at the time.
Former Governor Ayo Fayose
Former Ekiti governor Ayo Fayose has also shown signs of illness in his clashes with security forces.
Fayose was once seen weeping profusely claiming that he had been beaten by a police officer during the Ekiti gubernatorial election.
Ayodele Fayose, who is the governor of Ekiti State in southern Nigeria under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been a vocal critic of President Buhari’s government.
The former governor is well-known in Nigeria for his notorious corruption.
Former Minister of Defense Bello Halliru
|Bello Haliru Mohammed served as defense minister between 2011 and 2012|
Former PDP leader and former defense minister Bello Haliru Mohammed once appeared in the Federal High Court in 2016 on a wheelchair during his trial.
The EFCC has accused him of accepting $ 2 billion from the office of former presidential adviser Sambo Dasuki, of which Dasukin told the court that it was earmarked for the purchase of weapons.
And Bello Halliru at the time arrived in court on a wheelchair, on the grounds that he was not in good health.
There are many politicians in Nigeria who are taking ill health to avoid going to court.
Some of them include former Adamawa governor Bala Ngilari, former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode and former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke.