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BREAKING: Disobedience of Court order – IGP, Usman Baba sentenced to prison



BREAKING: Disobedience of Courtroom order – IGP, Usman Baba sentenced to jail   BREAKING: Disobiience of Courtroom order – IGP, Usman Baba sen…

BREAKING: Disobedience of Courtroom order –
IGP, Usman Baba sentenced to jail



BREAKING: Disobiience of Courtroom order – IGP, Usman Baba sentenced to jail

A Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja, on Tuesday, dedicated the Inspector-Normal of Police, Mr. Usman Baba, to three-month imprisonment.

The IGP was sentenced over his alleged refusal to obey a sister courtroom judgment reinstating a police officer, Patrick Okoli.


Justice Bolaji Olajuwon, in a ruling on the contempt proceedings filed by Okoli’s lawyer, Arinze Egbo, additionally warned Baba in opposition to non-compliance with the sooner courtroom judgment.

Justice Olajuwon warned that if the I-G did not purge himself of the contempt, he shall be liable to a different three months jail time period.

Okoli, in a swimsuit, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/637/2009, had sued the I-G as a sole respondent within the matter.

The plaintiff, who prayed the courtroom to order his reinstatement, stated he was unlawfully retired in 1992 by the Police Council, presently often known as the Police Service Fee (PSC), whereas serving in Bauchi State Command as a chief Superintendent of police, amongst others.

He stated his obligatory retirement, below Decree 17 of 1984, was unlawful.


Justice Okorowo, in a judgment delivered on Oct. 21, 2011, gave an order of mandamus compelling the respondent (I-G) to do his obligation based on regulation.

He directed the I-G to adjust to the orders of the PSC, as contained of their letter of fifth Could 2009 (with Ref. No. PSC/CSP/01/11/295A), directing him to reinstate the Okoli into the Nigeria Police Pressure and to current for the advice of the fee, the I-G’s suggestion for the promotion of the applicant from 2013 thus far, amongst others.

Nonetheless, following non-compliance with the judgment, Okoli’s counsel, Mr. Egbo, filed Kinds 48 and 49 supported by an affidavit earlier than Justice Olajuwon, praying the courtroom to convict and sentence the I-G for failure to obey courtroom judgment delivered by Justice Okorowo on Oct. 21, 2011.

The lawyer urged the courtroom to grant their utility on the grounds that the I-G disregarded a memo of authorized recommendation by the PSC advising him to take cognizance and obey the courtroom judgment.

Delivering the ruling, Justice Olajuwon held that Baba, whose consideration severally and thru totally different quarters has been dropped at the orders of the courtroom, mandating him to offer impact to the directives of the PSC had not denied having the data of the orders.


The choose stated he had blatantly refused to hold out the order of the courtroom.

“This courtroom has bent backward over and over for the respondent.

“This Courtroom even ordered that the Assistant Chief Registrar (Litigation) write to the respondent to tell him of the pendency of this matter, which he did and the proof of receipt of identical within the workplace of the respondent is earlier than this courtroom.

“it’s unlucky that the chief enforcer of the regulation is one who has intentionally refused to adjust to the identical regulation.

“It is very important state that obedience to orders of the courtroom is key to the great order, peace and stability of a nation.


“It’s a obligation which each citizen, who believes in peace and stability of the Nigerian state, owes the nation and the courtroom has an obligation to commit the person who has failed to hold out the order of the courtroom for contempt, in order to stop the authority and administration of regulation from being dropped at disrespect and to guard the dignity of the courtroom,” the choose stated.

In keeping with her, courtroom orders are to not be obeyed on the whims and caprices of the respondent and the rule of regulation is simply supreme when events, regardless of the standing, obey the courtroom order.

“The phrases of the Orders of this Courtroom are clear and unambiguous.

“This courtroom is glad that the respondent (presently and people earlier than him) has had correct data of the Orders of this Courtroom, there isn’t a denial of such data and the receipt of Kinds 48 and 49.

“The respondent filed a counter affidavit and was duly represented in courtroom by totally different counsel, who said how that they had written a number of authorized opinions which weren’t attended to.


“The refusal and failure of the respondent to adjust to the orders of this courtroom have been proved on this case.

“The respondent, on this case, the Inspector Normal of Police, within the particular person of Usman Alkali Baba, is to be dedicated to jail and detained in custody for a interval of three months or till he has obeyed the order of this courtroom, made on the twenty first October 2011, in all issues which are to be carried out, whichever interval is shorter.

“If on the finish of the three months, the contemnor stays recalcitrant and nonetheless refuses to purge his contempt, he shall be dedicated for an additional interval till he purges his contempt,” Justice Olajuwon dominated.

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