JUST IN: Court sentences IGP to 3 months in prison

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Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, was given a three-month prison term by the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday for disregarding a legally binding court order.

The IGP shall be committed to prison and remanded in custody for three months, or until he complies with an order it has issued since October 21, 2011, the court ruled in a decision delivered by Justice M. O. Olajuwon.

The court ruled that if the contemptor is still recalcitrant and refuses to end his contempt at the end of the three months, "he shall be committed for another period and until he ends his contempt."

Following a lawsuit brought by Mr. Patrick Okoli, a police officer who was forcibly and illegally retired from the Nigerian Police Force, the IGP was sentenced to prison.

Although the Police Service Commission, PSC, approved Okoli's restoration into the Police, a decision that was upheld by the court, Justice Olajuwon remarked that the IGP failed to abide by the ruling.

As special and general damages for the unlawful, illegal, and unconstitutional denial of the applicant's rights and privileges as a Senior Officer of the Nigeria Police Force from 1993 until the present, the court also ordered the payment of N10 million to the applicant.


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