The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday has turned down a suit seeking to sack Assistant Inspector General of Police, Joseph Mbu, over his alleged abuse of power.
Trial Judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba revealed that on no account can any court in Nigeria declare the office of a police officer of the rank of AIG vacant, saying that such action was the responsibility of the Nigeria Police.
“If any threat is made against any person, it is the duty of the police to investigate and punish the officer who made it accordingly, even if it is an AIG.
“No court in Nigeria can declare the office of such officer vacant; it is the duty of the police,“ he said.
Justice Buba said that the case of the plaintiff had no merit and was therefore dismissed.
If we recall, in a suit numbered FHC/L/CS/149/15, the plaintiff, Tope Alabi, a lawyer, sought a declaration that the first defendant, Mr. Mbu, “is unfit to be a police officer in Nigeria.”
Mr. Mbu was accused of threatening to kill 20 civilians in place of a murdered policeman during the April general elections.
The plaintiff had asked the court to direct relevant police authorities to declare Mr. Mbu’s office vacant and replace him, without further delay.
However, Mr. Mbu, denied ever making the alleged statement, adding that he only ordered that any policeman shot by any person could strike back in self-defence.
In a counter-affidavit deposed to on Mr. Mbu’s behalf by a policeman, Olugbemiga Adeoye, the AIG averred that the newspaper publication containing the said allegation was “completely false, exaggerated, twisted and totally quoted out of context.”
The Legal Officer-in-Charge of Zone 2 Police Command, Chukwu Agu, urged the court to dismiss the suit, adding that newspaper publications tendered as exhibit shouldn’t be rely on as they contained unverifiable and uncertified facts. (NAN)