Court Insists IGP Must Honour Senate Invitation
Nigeria’s top cop, Ibrahim Idris, refused to honour invitations by Nigeria’s upper chamber of parliament - the Senate several times, but instead went to court to stop further invitations.
But he lost in the court.
On Tuesday, a Federal High Court in Abuja, struck out a suit by the Inspector-General which sought to stop the Senate from inviting him for a legislative hearing.
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Delivering judgment in the suit which Idris filed after two successive invitations by the Senate, Justice John Tsoho ruled that the IG’s excuse for not honouring the Senate’s invitation was not tenable.
The judge said he agreed with the Senate and its President, Bukola Saraki, who were the two defendants, that the suit was only aimed at preventing the Senate from carrying out its legitimate and constitutional responsibility.
Meanwhile, the judge also withdrew from the IG’s second suit in which he sought an order quashing the May 9, 2018 resolution of the Senate declaring him “an enemy of democracy and unfit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria”.
The judge sent the case file back to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, for re-assignment to another judge.