Court stops Senate from probing IG for fraud

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi, Abuja, on Thursday restrained the Senate from investigating the allegations of corruption and unethical practice levelled against the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

Justice Abba Bello Mohammed in a ruling, granted an order of interim injunction temporarily stopping the probe pending the hearing of the substantive fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by the IGP.

The respondents to the suit included the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Idris’ accuser, Senator Isah Misau.

The rest of the respondents are Francis Alimikhena; Binta Mass Garba; Suleiman Hunkuyi; Duro Faseyi Samuel; Ogba Joseph Obinna; Nelson Effiong and Abdulaziz Nyako.

The IGP in his substantive suit asked the court to declare that the Senate’s resolution setting up an ad hoc committee made up of the 4th to 10th respondents to investigate the allegations levelled against him by Misau as a violation of his right to fair hearing guaranteed by Section 36(1) of the Constitution.

The IGP, through his counsel, Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), also prayed the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from infringing on his rights.

The court had on November 8 ordered that the suit with other processes be served on the respondents through the Clerk of the Senate.

At the Thursday’s proceedings, Izinyon informed the court that the Chief Bailiff of the court, Bako Adams James,  deposed to an affidavit stating that  some members of staff of the Office of the Clerk to the Senate, stopped him from effecting the service.

Izinyon then requested that the court to order that the processes be served on the respondent through substituted means by a way of newspaper publication.

Justice Mohammed directed that the IGP should publish the originating application and all other processes, including the hearing notice, in two national newspapers.

The judge adjourned till December 4 for hearing.