Usman Baba, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), has filed a request to contest a court ruling sending him to jail for contempt.
Remember that on Tuesday, an Abuja Federal High Court ordered the IGP to three months in jail for defying a court order.
Following a lawsuit brought by Patrick Okoli, a former police officer who alleges he was forcibly and illegally retired from the Nigerian police service, the sitting judge, Mobolaji Olajuwon, made the decision.
The IGP has filed a motion to set down the contempt proceedings and committal order because he had not yet been designated IGP when the matter was launched.
He added that the motion further specified that the former IGP, and not him as the incumbent, received substituted service of the documents for the contempt proceedings in November 2018 and January 2019, respectively.
According to the statement, “This was demonstrated by an official letter issued to the Police Service Commission, on the approval of the then IG, as long back as 2015, before the court judgment of November 29, 2022.
The commission was asked by the then-IG to promote the plaintiff and issue a letter of reinstatement to the plaintiff by the court’s order in the execution of its statutory authority.
“The contempt procedures should not have had justifications,”