FORMER aides to the immediate past Governor of Benue State, Mr Gabriel Suswam, have dragged the Nigeria Police Force to court claiming N500 million for alleged illegal detention. The aides are also before the court with a motion on notice praying for an interlocutory injunction restraining the police and other delegated authorities under the same force from further harassment, invitation, arrest, detention and obtaining statements from them. It would be recalled that the police recently arrested 10 former aides to Suswam including
the former Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Omadachi Oklobia, and Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Solomon Wombo. Some of them were detained in Makurdi for a few days and later moved to the Force Headquarters in Abuja where they joined others where they were again allegely detained and interrogated on allegations of corruption leveled against them by Governor Samuel Ortom. In suit number FHC/ ABJ/05/704/201 filed on September 9, the aides, through their counsels led by Innocent Daa’gba, A J Mbatsavdue, are contending amongst other issues that the report of Justice Kpojime’s probe panel which the police ‘Special Investigation Panel’ set up by the Inspector- General of Police based its findings upon to arrest, detain and extract statements from them was still being challenged at a court of competent jurisdiction in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. A member of the team of lawyers, who spoke to Nigerian Pilot in Makurdi under the condition of anonymity since he said he was not the senior counsel and was not actually permitted to grant any press interview, said another ground that they are contending is whether the IGP under the Public Act cap p 19 LFN 2004, Section 315 of the Police Regulation Cap p19 LFN 2004 and the Nigerian Constitution 1999 as amended has such powers to without the written consent of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as stipuleted in Section 11 of the Police cap P 19 LFN 2004 to “lawfully delegate” his duties to a civilian to act on his behalf, as well as the powers to re-investigate reports of a properly constituted judicial commission of inquiry that indicted certain persons which government also issued a white paper.

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