IGP risks imprisonment as court summons police boss for contempt - NATIONAL TRUMPET

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

IGP risks imprisonment as court summons police boss for contempt


A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to appear on February 4 over his continued disobedience to court order.

He is expected to show cause why contempt charge should not be filed against him which might land him in prison.

The court summon was said to have been served on Adamu at the Force Headquarters in Abuja

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu issued the summon against the IGP following his alleged refusal to reinstate a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Patrick Okoli, who was forcefully retired.

The court had set aside the forceful retirement of Okoli on the ground that due process was not followed.

The court had also imposed a fine of N10m as punitive cost against the police authorities.

Although the police had contested the Federal High Court judgment at the Court of Appeal, it lost as the appellate court affirmed the decision of the lower court.

In compliance with the Court of Appeal decision,  DCP Okoli was reinstated via a letter and in another letter was again retired compulsorily.

Justice Ojukwu after listening to arguments canvassed by Arinze Solomon Eggo, counsel for  the applicant, issued an order directing the IGP to appear before her court on Thursday February 4.

An enrol order signed by the Judge read in part “An order of this court is hereby made mandating the Inspector-General of Police to appear before this court on February 4, 2020, at 9am to show cause why a contempt proceeding should not be taken against the Inspector-General of Police for refusal to obey the judgment of the court in this matter which judgment was affirmed by the Court of Appeal. This summons shall be served forthwith.”

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