Trouble As Court Issues Order Against IGP, AGF, 5 Others

Trouble As Court Issues Order Against IGP, AGF, 5 Others

  • A court in Abuja has directed that the inspector general of police, the Attorney General of the Federation and five other people be served a court order
  • The IGP and the other respondents are being served for court contempt on an order made on November 5
  • The court had earlier ordered the release of two people - Jude Osuhor and Happiness Edifie - detained by the police since October

Abuja - On Monday, November 22, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja directed that the inspector general of police, Usman Baba, be served with an order made on November 5 for the release of some detainees.

Also joined in the court's order is the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; the deputy inspector general of police for the Force criminal investigation department, Joseph Egbunike and four others.

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According to the order made by Justice Inyang Ekwo, the IGP and the others are to immediately release Jude Osuhor and Happiness Edifie who had been detained at the FCID, Abuja since October 4.

IGP Usman Baba
The IGP is to be served alongside the AGF and 5 others for court contempt Photo: Nigeria Police Force
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Punch reports that the court's order followed a complaint by Osuhor's lawyer, Jibrin Okutepa (SAN), that his clients were still in detention despite its November 5 order.

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In two suits marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1289/2021 and FHC/ABJ/CS/1290/2021, the applicants were challenging their continued detention by the respondents over their alleged complicity in the death of Osuhor’ wife, Vivian.

The Nation also reports that Okutepa told the court that the respondents have been served the court order but had refused to obey it.

He said:

“I want to apply for the court to order the IGP to come here and show cause why he should not be sent to prison for disobeying the court order.”

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While delivering a ruling on the matter, Justice Ekwo said the court would give the respondents an opportunity to obey the order.

He also ordered that the respondents appear before the court to defend the pending case against them.

The judge said:

“I am minded to make an order to give the respondents ample time to comply with the Court order and to enable them to appear in court to defend the pending cases.”

Justice Ekwo also ordered the court's deputy registrar on litigation to bring to the notice of the respondents the pendency of the suits and “the order of this court made on November 5.”

He further adjourned the matter to Wednesday, December 8 for hearing.

Hotels in Anambra to submit guests' lists to police daily

Meanwhile, previously reported that the police in Anambra state has issued a directive to hotel owners with a view to curb criminality in the state.

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The police have mandated all hotels and their management to submit names of their guests to the divisional police headquarters close to their area.

The submission of the report by the hotels in the state would be expected by the police in Anambra daily.

Presidency speaks on Lagos panel report

In other news, Nigeria's presidency has said that it would wait until the Lagos state government makes its White Paper on the Lagos judicial panel of inquiry available.

The presidency said it is ready to adopt areas of the report recommendations that affect the federal government while the state is expected to handle issues of the state.

According to the presidency, the Attorney General of the Federation has the mandate to advise the federal government on needed actions to take over the panel report.

Source: Legit

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