- The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has been summoned by a Federal High Court
- The summon was issued by the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu
- The summon comes on a day the IGP is expected to bow out of the Nigeria Police Force
A report by Daily Sun indicates that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to appear before it on Thursday, February 4.
According to the report, the order was given over the IGP's alleged continued disobedience to a lawful order of the court.
The police boss whose summon has been served on him at the Force Headquarters in Abuja is to show cause in court why contempt charge should not be filed against him to commit him to prison.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu issued the summon against the IGP following the alleged refusal to reinstate a forcefully retired Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Mr. Patrick Okoli.
A federal high court had voided and set aside the forceful retirement of Okoli from the force on the ground that due process of law was not followed in the purported retirement.
The court while ordering the reinstatement of the DCP Okoli imposed a fine of N10million as punitive cost against police authorities.
Although the police contested the 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 by police authorities.
The police authorities were accused of toying with an order of court deliberately and leave of court to file contempt charges against the police chief was sought.
Meanwhile, there is palpable anxiety at the Nigeria Police Force headquarters over the imminent retirement of IGP Adamu who is expected to bow out of service on Monday, February 1.
Adamu, who is the 20th IGP the country has produced, was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, replacing Ibrahim Kpotun Idris of Niger state on January 15, 2019.
In a related development, the presidency has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari will not be driven by ethnic sentiments or affiliations in his choice of the next police chief.
Rather, hit said the president will only appoint someone who will ensure the security of Nigerians better than what has been recorded.