Court summons IGP Adamu over alleged contempt
The Federal High Court in Abuja ordered Mohammed Adamu, Inspector General of Police (IGP), to appear before him in connection with the contempt proceedings brought against him.
In a decision, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu ordered the IGP, inter alia, to appear before the court on February 4 of this year to explain the reason why he should not be disciplined for refusing to honour the court’s subsequent judgment.
“The order of this honorable court ordered the Inspector General of Police to appear before this honorable court at 9 a.m. on the 4th day of February 2021 to demonstrate why a contempt proceeding should not be brought against the Inspector General of Police for refusal to comply with the judgment of that honorable court in this matter, a judgment which the Court of Appeal affirmed.”
In a ruling on January 16, 2021, Justice Ojukwu released the order, a copy of which was seen by The Nation on Wednesday. Following a Form 49 filed against the IGP by Patrick C. Okoli in the suit marked: ABJ/CR/637/2009, the judge gave the decision.
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The judge also ordered the summons to be served immediately on the preparatory IGP for the hearing scheduled for 4 February 2021.
In an affidavit supporting Form 49, Okoli claimed that, pursuant to Decree No: 17 of 1984, he was illegally and compulsorily expelled from the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) on 16 June 1992.
The claimant claimed that it opposed the decision of the High Court of the State of Bauchi annulling his retirement and ordered his reinstatement in a judgment delivered on 9 February 1994 in a case marked as: BA/48M/93.
Okoli added that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the Senate Committee on Police Affairs and the Head of Service of the Federation had written to the IGP on the basis of the judgment in order to comply with the judgment.
He noted that, on three occasions, the Police Service Commission (PSC) also wrote to the IGP regarding the need to comply with the judgment.
The applicant added that it had again sued the Federal High Court in Abuja on the grounds of the actions of the IGP: FHC/ABJ/CS/637/2009 to oblige the IGP to comply with the pending judgment.
On October 21, 2011, the Federal High Court in Abuja issued its judgment in favor of the claimant (Okoli).
The respondent (IGP) brought an appeal against that judgment before the Federal High Court of Abuja, but the Court of Appeal, in its wisdom, dismissed the appeal.’
“The respondent maintained his position not to enforce the pending judgment of the Federal High Court, notwithstanding the striking out of the notice of appeal,” he said.
Okoli added that further interventions by the PSC and the House of Representatives were also ignored by the IGP, a development which informed his decision to initiate the contempt proceedings.
# Court summons IGP Adamu over alleged contempt
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