February 2, 2023

Following the conviction of the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba for an alleged contempt of court, the Police Council claimed to have acted under Decree 17 of 1984, a decision Okoli challenged.

Recall that IsL had on Tuesday November 29, 2022, reported that a Federal High Court in Abuja has convicted Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba and sentenced him to a three-month jail term for failing to obey a judgment reinstating Patrick Okoli, who was compulsorily retired as a police officer.

Moreso, Okoli, the plaintiff, had reportedly sued to challenge his compulsory retired in 1992 by the Police Council (now Police Service Commission, PSC) while serving in the Bauchi State Command as a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP).

The convict, Baba has however, denied knowledge of the court order for which he was convicted for contempt.

A statement yesterday in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), said: “The Nigeria Police Force wishes to state emphatically that the office of IGP Usman Alkali Baba did not disregard a court order or rule of law as the office is not aware of any court order, during the current IGP’s tenure, with respect to a matter making the round in the media that the IGP disobeyed a court order for the reinstatement of a dismissed officer of the Force.

“It is instructive to note that the case in point concerns an officer who was dismissed as far back as 1992, a few years after the current IGP joined the Nigeria Police Force, based on available facts gleaned from the reports. The most recent judgment on the matter was given in 2011, which should ordinarily not fall under the direct purview of the current administration of the Force. Thus, the news is strange and astonishing.

“The IGP has, however, directed the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Force Legal Unit to investigate the allegation in a bid to ascertain the position of the court and proffer informed legal advice for the IGP’s prompt and necessary action.

“The IGP reiterates his commitment to upholding the rule of law and synergising with the Judiciary to ensure quick dispensation of justice for an improved criminal justice system.”

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