following his dogged refusal to appear before a Bauchi Shariah Court despite a bench warrant, Police have declared the Chief Imam of Dutsen Tanshi Jumm’ah Mosque, Dr Idris Abdul’aziz wanted for an alleged contempt of court.
The Imam, who has been standing trial for a one-count charge bordering on inciting public disturbance of peace before the Upper Shariah Court, was declared wanted in a Special Police Gazette Bulletin ‘issued by the authority of the Inspector General of Police’ and made available to reporters in Bauchi on Thursday.
Without specifying the amount, the Police also placed a bounty reward for anyone who disclosed credible information leading to the arrest of the Imam.
WikkiTimes learnt that Dr Abdul’aziz fled Bauchi a few days after the bench warrant against him. His whereabouts are not in the public sphere. A team of security personnel stormed the residence of the Imam to enforce the bench warrant against him but could not meet him at home.
However, the police argued that the Imam was declared wanted for an alleged contempt of court.
“If seen, arrest and hand over to the nearest police station or the office of the deputy commissioner of police, Criminal Investigation Department Bauchi State Command.
“A handsome reward awaits any person(s) with information leading to his arrest,” it said.
Recall that Police arrested Dr Abdul’aziz following a petition by Fityanul Islam alleging that the Imam had uttered blasphemous comments against the Prophet of Islam and notable Dariqa founding fathers. He was charged to a Bauchi Magistrate Court and was remanded only to be released on bail.