The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, was sentenced to prison for contempt on November 29, 2022, but the Federal High Court in Abuja has since overturned that decision.
In a decision on Wednesday, Justice Bolaji Olajuwon stated that there was evidence in front of the court demonstrating that the IGP has mostly cooperated with the court’s earlier judgment requiring the reinstatement of an officer, Patrick Okoli, who was forced into retirement.
According to Justice Olajuwon, given the new information, the IGP’s request for the cancellation of the committal order merits sympathetic consideration.
“The judgment commuting the petitioner, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, is thus set aside,” Olajuwon said. “In view of the considerable compliance with the order of the court and the assurance of achieving full compliance.”
The IGP was found guilty and given a three-month jail sentence by the judge in the November 29 ruling for disobeying the Federal High Court’s order of October 21, 2011, restoring Okoli.
Okoli was forced to resign in 1992 while working as a Chief Superintendent of Police for the Bauchi State Command. The Police Council (now Police Service Commission) claimed to have acted in accordance with Decree 17 of 1984, but the court overturned that decision in its October 2011 ruling.
Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a spokesperson for the Force, responded to the most recent decision by saying it was evidence of Baba’s innocence and respect for the law.
The verdict of today demonstrates Usman Baba, the IGP, and the NPF’s respect for the law, according to Adejobi. However, we will issue a formal declaration soon.