Court Bars Inspector General of Police from Arresting Oba Elegushi

Court Bars Inspector General of Police from Arresting Oba Elegushi

  • The court has asked the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, to steer clear of the Elegushi of the Ikate Kingdom in Lagos, Oba Shaheed Ademola Elegushi
  • Oba Elegushi had made the plea through his counsel over a fundamental rights case reported by a property firm
  • In his judgement, Justice Gafar Safari ruled that the order subsists pending the determination of a fundamental rights

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TBS, Lagos - Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has been barred from arresting the Elegushi of Ikate Kingdom in Lagos, Oba Shaheed Ademola Elegushi and two others.

The Nation reports that the order was given on Thursday, July 15, by a Lagos high court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) area of the state.

IGP has been prevented from arresting Oba Elegushi.
A high court in Lagos has barred the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba from arresting Oba Elegushi. Credit: Nigerian Police.
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Legit.ng gathered that the presiding judge, Justice Gafar Safari ruled the order subsists pending the hearing and determination of a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by them.

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The judge made the order in a suit by the monarch and two members of the Elegushi royal family – Chief Abdulahi Elegushi and Prince Akeem Elegushi – accusing the defendants of harassment, manhunt and attempt to arrest them over a civil land matter.

The royal family also accused the respondents of an alleged plot to grab land belonging to the family at the Eti-Osa local government area.

According to the report, joined alongside the IGP are Bela Vista Property and Development Company Ltd; deputy commissioner of police, Kolo Yusuf; DSP Ibrahim Agu; one Supol Udofia and Lagos attorney-general and commissioner for justice as the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th respondents respectively.

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According to the report, at the resumed hearing of the matter on Thursday, July 15, the monarch and his co-applicants, through their lawyer, Adepeju Omotayo, informed the judge that the police had sent its men to Ikate seeking to arrest them to frustrate the case before the court.

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The royal family also accused the respondents of an alleged plot to grab land belonging to the family at the Eti-Osa local government area.

The judge adjourned till August 17 for the hearing.

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Oba Elegushi asks police to suspend probe over fundamental human rights suit

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Oba Elegushi wrote a letter to the former IGP Mohammed Adamu and the commander, IGP Special Tactical Squad (STS), DCP Yusuf Kolo, over a fundamental human rights suit.

It was reported that the monarch urged the police to suspend further investigations on a case reported by a property firm, pending the determination of the suit before the court.

Oba Elegushi, who spoke through his lawyer, Bandele Omotayo and Co. and signed by Adeparusi Omotayo, appealed to the police to put on hold the investigation into the property which is pending before the court.

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In a related report, the IGP put the commissioners of police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Plateau state on the alert over possible attacks by Boko Haram members.

This was contained in a circular dated Wednesday, May 19, 2021, and addressed to the two commissioners of police and signed by the principal staff officer to the IGP, Idowu Owohunwa.

Source: Legit.ng

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