A judge of the National Industrial Court in Abuja, Justice Oyebiola Oyewumi Court has threatened to jail the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba Usman over his disobedience to the order of the court.
This was following a suit filed against the IGP by four senior-ranked police officers who were compulsorily retired at the age of 33, 34, and 35 respectively.
The court had in a judgment nullified the premature retirement of the senior police officers numbering about 20 and ordered the Inspector general of police and the Police service commission to immediately reinstate them.
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However the IGP and the Force Secretary who are key defendants in the legal action, were said to have refused to comply with the reinstatement order of the court.
Counsel to the plaintiff, Edwin Okoro had been forced to report the violation of the court ruling to violation of court ruling to the Industrial Court.
The court had issued an enrolled order and held that the IGP’s action to the rule of law, is an affront to the 1999 constitution.
Justice Oyewumi also gave the IGP an ultimatum of May 2, to appear before it and purge himself of contempt of court or be prepared to face the penalty of his action.
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In the enrolled order, Justice Oyewumi held that the Inspector general of police and the force secretary have flouted the order of the court made on February 27, 2023 to appear before the court to show cause why they should not be held in contempt for their flagrant disobedience to the decision of the court even when their legal department had issued legal advice urging the IGP to comply with the decision of the court.
Justice Oyewumi therefore fixed May 2, 2023 for the Inspector General of Police and the Force Secretary, to appear before the court based on consent of lawyers in the suit.
The climants in the suits are CSP Egwu Egong, CSP Omeh Okexhukwu, CSP Paul Umoh, SP Galadima Bello, For themselves and as representing all members of Course 33, 34 & 35 (Force Entrants) of the Police Academy while the respondents are Police Service Commision, Inspector General Of Police, and Force Secretary, Nigeria Police Force.
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