The Nigeria Police Force says that the office of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, did not disregard Court Order or rule of law as the office is not aware of any Court Order, during the current IGP’s tenure, with respect to a matter making the round in the media that the IGP disobeyed a Court Order for the reinstatement of a dismissed officer of the Force.
In a statement signed on Tuesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP. Olumuyiwa Adejobi, he explained that the case in point concerns an officer who was dismissed as far back as 1992, a few years after the current IGP joined the Nigeria Police Force.
He made this clarification on the heels or reports circulating in the media today, stating that the IGP was sentenced to three months imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja over a dismissed, Police Officer, Mr. Patrick Okoli.
According to the Police Spokesperson, the most recent judgement on the matter was given in 2011 which should ordinarily not fall under the direct purview of the current administration of the Force.
The FPRO described the news as strange and astonishing.
He informed that the IGP has however directed the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Force Legal Unit to investigate the allegation in a bid to ascertain the position of the court and proffer informed legal advice for the IGP’s prompt and necessary action.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police reiterates his commitment to upholding the rule of law and synergising with the judiciary to ensure quick dispensation of justice for an improved criminal justice system.
29th November, 2022