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Court sentences IGP to prison

Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has sentenced the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba to three months in prison for disobeying a valid court order.

In a ruling, Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon, held that the IGP should be committed to prison and detained in custody for a period of three months, or until he obeys an order made on 21st October 2011.

Justice Olajuwon further held that if at the end of the three months, the contemnor remained defiant to purging his contempt, he would be committed for another period until he purges his contempt.

The IGP’s committal followed a suit that was filed by a police officer, Mr Patrick Okoli, who was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigeria Police Force.

Justice Olajuwon noted that though the Police Service Commission, PSC, recommended Okoli’s reinstatement into the Police, a decision that was affirmed by the court, the IGP, refused to comply with the order.

The court had also ordered the payment of N10 million to the Applicant, being special and general damages for the unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional denial of his rights and privileges as a Senior Officer of the Nigeria Police Force from 1993 till date.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tersoo Nicholas