CSO Petitions IGP, Demands Arrest Of Tinubu
A civil society organization, Center for Reform and Public Advocacy, claimed it has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police demanding Tinubu’s arrest within 48 hours due to alleged discrepancies in his academic qualifications submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in 1999.
After Tinubu’s 1999 arrest for allegedly providing false academic credentials, the group demanded that criminal charges be brought against him right away.
Agu Kalu, the legal adviser of the CRPA and a human rights attorney, threatened to file a court action for an order of mandamus to compel the IGP to carry out the arrest at a press conference on Saturday in Abuja if he did not act.
“We wrote a petition to the IG on June 16 demanding Tinubu’s prosecution for making false statements under oath in his INEC form CF 001 that he submitted in 1999,” Kalu said.
“Since the IG has not yet responded to the petition, we are using this press conference to urge the IG to take action. He is not above the law, and nobody is above the law; violating Sections 191 and 192 is a crime.
Additionally, we are pleading with President Buhari to order the IG to detain and charge Tinubu with perjury because this is a very serious matter.
The petitioner presented an ad hoc report from the Lagos State House of Assembly that examined the former governor in 1999 and claimed that Tinubu had openly acknowledged inconsistencies in his academic credentials.
While rushing to complete the forms by the deadline, Tinubu had acknowledged the discrepancies as “errors” by a third party.
During his defense before the Lagos State House of Assembly, he claimed that it was caused by a “crisis in the Alliance for Democracy” at the time.
In line with his demand that the police carry out their constitutional duties without fear or favour, Kalu emphasized that nobody was above the law under the constitution.
The attorney stated that Tinubu’s forms submitted to INEC in 1999 and 2022 for verification were among the crucial documents attached to the petition that was delivered to the IGP and acknowledged by his office.
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However, shortly after the press conference, when contacted, Babatunde Ogala, the director of the Tinubu Campaign Organization’s legal department, responded by claiming that the accusations were merely blackmail.
The Electoral Act is clear, so there is nothing to respond to, he said. We’ll defend it while you wait; let them go and bring the writ.
I believe that the time of some people making threats on social media for various reasons mentioned in the media has passed.
“Let them bring it if they have anything. In our opinion, our candidate has fully complied with the requirements of the Electoral Act.
Allow them to appear in court if they so choose. But we also need to let them know that we are aware of the country’s defamation laws.
We are aware of the distinction between a court proceeding that is privileged and making slanderous claims in the press, as they are currently doing.
But truthfully, our candidate is unconcerned and unconcerned by all of these threats. Allow them to appear in court if they so choose. We will respond to the court proceedings appropriately when they arrive.
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We have, as far as we are aware, complied fully with all legal requirements, and we will not submit to threats or blackmail.
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