Abuja court dismisses IGP’s suit against Senate

Abuja court dismisses IGP’s suit against Senate

- A federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed IGP Idris' suit against the Senate

- The presiding judge, Abba Bello Mohammed, said that the Senate had not infringed on the fundamental rights of Idris

- He said Idris’ right to fair hearing has not been infringed upon by the Senate to warrant the intervention

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit on enforcement of fundamental human rights filed by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, against the Senate.

Daily Trust reports that Justice Abba Bello Mohammed declared on Tuesday, April 10, while delivering judgment in the suit that the Senate had not infringed on the fundamental rights of Idris by merely inviting him for investigation by its ad-hoc committee.

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NAIJ.com gathered that he held that Sections 88 and 89 of the Constitution empowered the National Assembly to investigate any matter and summon any persons.

He added that the mere fact that Senator Isa Misau raised allegations against Idris on the floor of the Senate cannot influence the decision of the committee set up by the Senate, since Misau is not a member of the committee.

Justice Mohammed thereafter held that Idris’ right to fair hearing has not been infringed upon by the Senate to warrant the intervention of the court and thereby dismissed the suit.

The judge had also earlier ruled that an application brought by Idris’s counsel, Alex Izinyon (SAN), seeking to stay further proceeding in the matter pending the decision of the Court of Appeal, was an attempt to arrest judgment.

He held that the proceedings in the matter brought by Idris were completed on February 1, when the case was reserved for judgment, thereby holding that as of the time the application for stay of proceeding was filed, there was no other proceeding for the court to stay.

IGP Idris had filed the enforcement of fundamental human rights’ suit against the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, the Senate, Senators Hamman Isa Misau; Francis Alimikhena; Binta Masi Garba, Suleiman Hunkuyi, Duro Faseyi Samuel; Ogba Joseph Obinna; Nelson Effiong and Abdulaziz Nyako.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris has lost his bid to stop the contempt charge brought against him by the Peace Corps of Nigeria over his alleged persistent flouting of court orders.

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Source: Naija.ng

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