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Contempt: Court Voids Order Sentencing IGP to Prison

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FCT, Abuja— A Federal High Court in Abuja has vacated its order of sending the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba to prison for contempt.

In a ruling on Wednesday, Justice Bolaji Olajuwon, held that there was evidence before the court that the IGP has substantially complied with the court’s earlier order directing the reinstatement of Patrick Okoli, who was compulsorily retired as a police office.

She also held that in view of the development, the application by the IGP, seeking the vacation of the committal order, “is worthy of sympathetic consideration.”

In her words:

“In view of the substantial compliance with the order of the court and the assurance of ensuring full compliance, the order commuting the applicant, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, is hereby set aside.”

IGP and court order: What had happened earlier

Justice Olajuwon had, in the ruling of November 29 convicted the IGP and sentenced him to a three-month jail term for failing to obey the October 21, 2011 judgment of the Federal High Court reinstating Okoli, The Nation reported.


Okoli was compulsorily retired in 1992 while serving in the Bauchi State Command as a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) by the Police Council (now Police Service Commission (PSC), which claimed to have acted under Decree 17 of 1984, a decision the court voided in the October 2011 judgment.

2023: We’ll Arrest Underage Persons Who Attempt To Vote, Says INEC

In another reported, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned that underage persons who attempt to vote during the 2023 general elections will be arrested.

This was stated by Festus Okoye, INEC national commissioner for information and voter education during the interview on ‘The Morning Show’, a programme by Arise Television.

Okoye said in an effort to address the issue, INEC has summoned all its officers in areas where underage registrations were recorded.

Source: News Brief Nigeria


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