Published On: Fri, Nov 17th, 2017

Court stops senate from investigating IGP

Ibrahim IdrisAn FCT High Court sitting in Jabi on Thursday granted an interim order restraining the leadership of the senate from investigating the Inspector-General of the Nigeria Police, Ibrahim Idris.

Justice Abba-Bello Mohammed granted the application of an interim injunction pending the hearing of the substantive suit of breach of right to fair hearing by the senate leadership against the IG.

The Judge also granted leave to the applicant’s counsel, Alex Izinyon (SAN) to publish in two national dailies all papers concerning the originating summons, including hearing notice which would be served on the senate.

The suit filed before the court with Ref. No. CV/0060/2017, has the President of the Senate, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Sen. Isah Misau as the respondents.

Others also listed as respondents are Sen. Francis Alimikhena, Sen. Binta Garba, Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi, Sen. Duro Samuel, Sen. Ogba Obinna, Sen. Nelson Effiong and Sen. Abdulaziz Nyako.

The applicant is seeking that the 2nd respondent (the senate) resolution setting up an Ad hoc committee to investigate the allegation raised by Misau is a violation of the his right to fair hearing under the constitution.

He is also seeking for a declaration that the Senate’s letter of invitation to appear before the Ad hoc committee on Nov. 2 based on a petition by Sen. Misau is a violation of his right to fair hearing as provided by the constitution.

Other reliefs sought by the applicant include an order restraining the Ad hoc committee, its agent or any other from taking further steps on the matter in the name of its earlier invitation to the applicant.

The applicant hinged his action on the grounds that members of the Ad hoc committee are colleagues of the Senator who raised the petition against him.

He note that both the print and electronic media published grievous criminal allegations made by Sen. Misau against the IG and Nigeria Police.

Izinyon also informed the court that an attempt made by the bailiff of the court to serve the senate all papers of the originating application for it to show cause on the matter was rebuffed by the agents of the respondents.

Justice Mohammed adjourned the case till December for further hearing.