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Court Stops Police From Arresting Ihedioha, Irona, Others, Give crucial reason


Abuja High Court Stops Police From Arresting Ihedioha, former imo deputy gov, Irona, Others


The Abuja High Court has ordered the Nigerian police not to arrest Ikenga Ugochinyere, the representative-elect for the Ideato Federal Constituency; Emeka Ihedioha, the former governor of Imo State; and Gerald Irona, the former deputy governor.


The court also prohibited the police from interrogating the aforementioned individuals.


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In a ruling delivered by Justice A.S. Adepoju, the court voided the police invitation letter sent to Ugochinyere, Ihedioha, and Irona on March 13, 2023.


In ruling on the case between Ugochinyere and seven respondents, including the governor of Imo State, State Security Services, Nigeria Police Force, Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police Imo State, Ebubeagu Security Network, and the Deputy Inspector General in charge of the Federal Investigation and Intelligence Bureau, the court stated: “It is hereby ordered that the letter dated March 13, 2023, titled “INVESTIGATION ACTIVITIES- RE: CASE OF MURDER(SIC), KIDNAPPING AND ARSON” be set aside pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.”


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In addition, the court ruled that “the respondents are enjoined, whether by themselves, agents, officers, staff, privies, or otherwise, from giving effect to, carrying out, proceeding with, arresting, further inviting, or taking any other steps in furtherance of or in connection with the said letter of invitation dated March 13, 2023, as it affects the applicant, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.”


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Earlier, in a letter addressed to the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state of Imo, Charles Ugwu, the Police invited the applicant and others to participate in the investigation of a case involving murder, kidnapping, and arson.


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By court order, the Imo state police command, which has been accused by the member-elect of alleged complicity in the multiple attacks on his person and home and of failing to conduct any form of investigation, has been prevented from arresting Ugochinyere in this latest attempt.


The hearing was subsequently postponed until April 4, 2023.


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