You say wetin? Court sentences Inspector-General of Police to three months in prison

Reports coming from Nigeria indicate that Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has been handed a three-month prison term by an Abuja-based Federal High Court for defying a court order.

On Tuesday, November 29, 2022, Justice Olajuwon issued the ruling in response to a lawsuit brought by Patrick Okoli, a former police officer who claimed he was forcibly and illegally resigned from the Police Force.

The police chief should be imprisoned for three months, or until he complies with orders imposed since October 21st, 2011, the court said.

The court therefore ordered the petitioner to pay N10,000,000 (Ten Million Naira) in special and general damages for the illegal, unlawful, and unconstitutional denial of his (Patrick’s) rights and privileges as a Senior Officer of the Nigeria Police Force from 1993 until the present.

Even while the court upheld the Police Service Commission’s (PSC) recommendation that Okoli be reinstated in the Nigeria Police Force, Justice Olajuwon noted that the IGP disobeyed the directive.

He said; “If at the end of the three months, the contemnor remains recalcitrant and still refuses to purge his contempt, he shall be committed for another period and until he purges his contempt.”

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