Contempt: IGP files motion to set aside order
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, following the committal order issued by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, has approached the court to file a motion to set aside the contempt proceeding and committal order.
“In the motion filed before the Federal High Court in the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday, December 1, 2022, the IGP extensively highlighted grounds why the orders should be set aside, including noting that he had not been appointed into office as Inspector-General of Police when the case was instituted and the reinstatement order in question granted,” Force spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi said on Friday, in a statement acquired by our correspondent.
According to Adejobi, Baba also affirmed that the contempt proceedings were served via substituted means in November 2018 and January 2019 respectively, on the then IGP and not on him as the incumbent
The IGP, in his disposition, further noted that even before he assumed office, official steps had been taken by his predecessors toward complying with the reinstatement of Patrick Okoli, the plaintiff, as ordered by the court.
Adejobi said, “As noted by him, 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, and before the court order of November 29, 2022, requesting the Commission to issue a reinstatement letter to the plaintiff and also affect his promotion in line with the order of the court and in the exercise of their statutory authority in that regard. Hence, the grounds for the contempt proceedings ought not to have existed ab initio.
“The IGP reassures Nigerians of his unalloyed commitment and steadfastness in defending the rule of law and respecting judicial authorities and hence, will not wittingly or unwittingly disobey any order validly granted by courts of competent jurisdiction.”