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Court stops Senate from probing IG for fraud

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A federal High court in Abuja has halted the Senate’s plan of investigating the Inspector General of Police Idris Ibrahim of unethical and corruption practices.

 Justice Abba Bello Mohammed temporarily halted the probe pending of the substantive fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by the IGP.

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.

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