An Abuja High Court yesterday expressed its displeasure over the absence of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, in a contempt charge filed by the Peace Corps of Nigeria against him (IGP). Peace Corps had filed a contempt charge seeking to commit the IGP to two years imprisonment for persistent violation of court order issued in 2014.
The court also imposed a fine of N5, 000 on the IGP for filing his counter affidavit out of time, which caused the adjournment of the hearing of the charge. The court, however, rescheduled hearing for April 17.
When the matter was announced yesterday, counsel to the IGP, Seidu Jubril, told the trial judge, Justice Silvanus Orji, that the contempnor had disengaged his earlier counsel, O. M. Atoyebi. Jubril further told the court that the Commissioner of Police in charge of Legal Services, Mr. David Igbodo, was to henceforth represent IGP and that he had on Monday filed a counter affidavit against the originating summon. A drama, however, ensued when Justice Orji demanded for the whereabouts of IGP Idris, who was ordered to personally appear before the court yesterday. The counsel, who was taken aback by the demand, informed the judge that the IGP was out of Abuja at the time he was leaving office.
The judge, who was not pleased with the explanation of the counsel, threw up another question as to whether the IGP was not aware that he ought to be in court today, but the counsel promised to convey the court’s feeling to the appropriate authority.