IGP reacts to three-month prison sentence
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has given his response to the order that was handed down by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, which sentenced him to three months in prison for disobeying a court order that was issued in 2011.
The committal of the IGP came as a result of a lawsuit that was submitted by a police officer named Patrick Okoli.
Okoli was a member of the Nigerian Police Force but was forced out of the force against his will.
In response to the decision made by the court, the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, issued a statement claiming that the Inspector General of Police did not disobey the court order or the rule of law.
According to the statement, “the office is not aware of any Court Order, during the tenure of the current IGP, with respect to a matter making the round in the media that the IGP disobeyed a Court Order for the reinstatement of a dismissed officer
The following is an excerpt from the statement:
“The Nigeria Police Force wishes to state unequivocally that the office of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+),NPM, NEAPS, fdc, CFR, did not disregard Court Order or rule of law as the office is not aware of any Court Order, during the current IGP’s tenure, with respect to a matter making the rounds in the media that the IGP disobeyed
According to the available facts that were gleaned from the reports, “It is instructive to note that the case in point concerns an officer who was dismissed as far back as 1992, which is a few years after the current IGP joined the Nigeria Police Force.
This is based on the information. The most recent judgement on the matter was handed down in 2011, and it is not something that should normally fall under the direct purview of the administration that is currently in place within the Force.
As a result, this information is peculiar and astonishing.
“However, the IGP has given instructions to the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Force Legal Unit to investigate the allegation in order to ascertain the position of the court and to provide informed legal advice for the IGP’s prompt and necessary action,” the statement reads.
“The Inspector-General of Police reaffirms his dedication to preserving the rule of law and collaborating with the judicial branch to expeditiously administer justice in the interest of enhancing the nation’s criminal justice system,”
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