CSO drags IGP to court over Tinubu’s alleged perjury

A civil rights group, Incorporated Trustees of Center for Reform and Public Advocacy has dragged the Inspector-General of Police to a Federal High Court in Abuja for allegedly refusing to prosecute the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, over allegations bordering on perjury.

 

The suit dated and filed on July 4 on behalf of the organisation in Abuja by Mike Nwankwo, has the Nigerian Police Force and the IGP as 1st and 2nd respondents.

 

The CSO said that the legal action against the police was necessitated by the IGP’s alleged refusal to take action on its petition against Tinubu over an offence it claimed the presidential candidate was indicted by the Lagos State House of Assembly in 1999.

 

The applicant maintained that by Sections 214 and 215, of the constitution and Section 4 of the Nigerian Police Act, 2020, the Police have the statutory responsibility to “prevent, detect and investigate criminal allegations whether brought to their notice by individuals, person or persons, corporate bodies, institutions etc”.

 

Consequently, the applicant in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1058/2022, is asking the court for, “an order of mandamus compelling the respondents to comply with Sections 31 and 32 of the Police Act and Section 3 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2015 in respect of alleged crime laid out in complaint of the applicant encapsulated in the letter of June 16, 2022 received by the respondents on the same date.

 

The complaint was titled: “Demand for criminal prosecution of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu under Sections 191,192 and 463 of the Criminal Code Act, Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 Consequent upon the Findings of the Lagos State House of Assembly Ad-hoc Committee, 1999”.

 

The applicant claimed that by Section 31 of the Nigerian Police Act, the respondents are duty bound to investigate alleged crime brought to them and report their findings to the Attorney General of the Federation or of a state, as the case may be, for legal advice.

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