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IGP Alkali Baba Takes Action over Court Order Sending Him to Prison 

Contempt: Court makes final decision on IGP's conviction

IGP Alkali Baba Takes Action over Court Order Sending Him to Prison 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has filed a motion before a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the ‘contempt proceedings and committal order’ brought against him.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

It was recalled that a  Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday sentenced  Baba to three months in prison for disobeying a valid court order.

The Court, in a ruling that Justice M. O. Olajuwon delivered, held that the IG should be committed to prison and detained in custody for three months or until he obeyed an order it made on Oct. 21, 2011.

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“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,” the Court held.

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

Justice Olajuwon noted that though the Police Service Commission, PSC, recommended Okoli’s reinstatement into the police, a decision that the Court affirmed, the I-G refused to comply with the order.

The Court had also ordered payment of N10 million to the applicant, being unique and general damage 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.

According to the FPRO, the IGP filed the motion to seek an order to set aside the contempt proceedings and committal order.

He said the grounds for the motion was that he had not been appointed into office as IGP when the case was instituted.

Baba also affirmed that the contempt proceedings were served via substituted means in November 2018 and January 2019, respectively, on the then I-G and not on him as the incumbent.

He said official steps were taken before he assumed office by his predecessors to comply with the reinstatement order of the plaintiff, Mr. Patrick  Okoli.

“This was evidenced by an official letter addressed to the Police Service Commission, on the approval of the then IGP, as far back as 2015, before the court order of Nov. 29, 2022,

“The then IGP requested the commission to issue a reinstatement letter to the plaintiff, and effect his promotion, in line with the Court’s order in exercising its statutory authority.

“The grounds for the contempt proceedings ought not to have existed,” he said.

The IGP pledged his commitment and steadfastness to defend the rule of law and respect for judicial authorities.

He said he would not at any time, wittingly or unwittingly, disobey any order validly granted by courts of competent jurisdiction.

IGP Alkali Baba Takes Action over Court Order Sending Him to Prison 

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