IGP faces fresh contempt charge for disobeying court order

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A dismissed police officer Osondu Christian’s counsel says he would begin contempt proceedings against the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali, on Tuesday following his continued disregard to a presidential directive and an order of the National Industrial Court reinstating the officer.

The contempt proceeding which comes barely a week after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, sentenced the IGP to 3 months jail term for disobeying a valid court order.

Chikaosolu Ojukwu also disclosed that he would be dragging the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Legal Department before the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee for not giving the IGP right legal opinion.

Ojukwu stated the judgment followed to non-compliance to the decision of the Police Service Commission in a letter dated 22/07/2020 with Ref No PSC/1524/IV/5 which directed IGP to reinstate the dismissed officer.

 

“The judgment follows non-compliance to the decision of the Police Service Commission in a letter dated 22/07/2020 with Ref No PSC/1524/IV/5 which directed the IGP to reinstate the dismissed officer.”

“We have decided to file form 48 which is consequences to the disobedience to court order and will follow it up with form 49 for the committal to prison of the IGP if he remains adamant.”

“We have also written the Commissioner of Police, Legal, 72 hours within which to furnish us with his legal opinion to the IGP on this matter and after the 72 hours and he fails to respond to our request, we would have no other option than to drag him to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee [LPDC].”

The National Industrial Court, Abuja had ordered the IGP to reinstate to Osondu Christian, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, who was dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force to his rank and pay him all his entitlements with effect from March 2019.

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