Police Denies Knowledge Of Court Order On Dismissed Officer
By Mohammed Husaini
The Nigeria Police Force wishes to state emphatically that the office of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, did not disregard Court Orders or rule of law as the office is not aware of any Court Order, during the current IGP’s tenure, concerning 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.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations officer Chief Superintendent of Police CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who said it is instructive to note 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, based on available facts gleaned from the reports.
The statement also said that the most recent judgment on the matter was given in 2011 which should ordinarily not fall under the direct purview of the current administration of the Force.
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.
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.