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IGP, Mohammed Adamu to appear in court over contempt, risk Imprisonment

A Justice of a Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu has ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to appear in court on February 4th, 2021 for his continued non-compliance to court order.

The court summon was said to have been served on the Inspector at the Force Headquarters in Abuja

The appearance is stemmed from his alleged refusal to reinstate a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Patrick Okoli, who was forcefully retired from performing his duties.

The court had concluded that the forceful retirement of Okoli was not carried through the right process, and also imposed a fine of N10m as punitive cost against the police authorities.

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The Police authorities had earlier contested the Federal High Court judgment at the Court of Appeal, but lost, as the appellate court affirmed the decision of the lower court.

In compliance with the Court of Appeal’s decision, DCP Okoli was reinstated into  the police force via a letter and in another letter was retired compulsorily again.

Justice Ojukwu after listening to arguments canvassed by Arinze Solomon Eggo, counsel for the applicant, issued an order directing the IGP to appear before her court on Thursday February 4.

An enrol order that was signed by the Judge read in part:

“An order of this court is hereby made mandating the Inspector-General of Police to appear before this court on February 4, 2020, at 9am to show cause why a contempt proceeding should not be taken against the Inspector-General of Police for refusal to obey the judgment of the court in this matter which judgment was affirmed by the Court of Appeal. This summons shall be served forthwith.”

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