Court commits IGP to three months in jail

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Justice M. O. Olajuwon of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Tuesday, slapped a three-month jail term on the inspector general of police, Mr. Usman Baba for flouting a 2011 court order.

The sentencing followed a suit instituted by a police officer, Mr. Patrick Okoli, who was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian Police Force.

The court also ordered the payment of N10 million to the applicant, being special and general damages for the unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional denial of his (Patrick’s) rights and privileges as a senior officer of the NPF from 1993 till date.

The judge held that Baba should be committed to prison and detained in custody for a period of three months, or until his office obeys an order made by the court since October 21, 2011.

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

“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,” he added.

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