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APP sues police, others over new Kwara CP

By Bridget Chiedu Onochie, Abuja
08 February 2019   |   4:11 am
Action Peoples Party (APP) has dragged the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and three others before the Federal High Court, Abuja, over the deployment of Kayode Egbetokun...

Kayode Egbetokun

Action Peoples Party (APP) has dragged the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and three others before the Federal High Court, Abuja, over the deployment of Kayode Egbetokun as the new Kwara State Commissioner of Police.

In a two separate Motions on Notice, dated February 7 and filed same day, the Plaintiff prayed the court for an order of interim injunction restraining the defendants from deploying or transferring Mr. Egbetokun to Kwara State as the Commissioner of Police pending the hearing and determination of he Motions on Notice.

Defendants in the suit include the Police Service Commission, Nigerian Police Force, Acting Inspector General of Police as well as the newly redeployed Commisioner, Egbetokun.

The Motion on Notice was bought pursuant to Order 6, Rule 5; Order26, Rules 7(2) and 8. Others are, Oder 35, Rules 1 and 2 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2009.

In an affidavit disposed by one Abigail Audu in support of the Motion Ex-parte, the Plaintiff noted that the Police Service Commission and the Nigerian Police Force, otherwise known as first and the second defendants have been manifesting partisan inclination in the appointment, deployment and transfer of police officers in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The plaintiff also alleged that the underlying intention of the first and second defendants was to skew, rig or manipulate electoral process and results o the 2019 general elections in favour of APC.

Other reasons stated for seeking court’s intervention in the redeployment of Egbetokun to Kwara State include the fact that he was one time the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the leader of APC, Ahmed Bola Tinubu.

The plaintiff held that at the time Egbetokun was CSO to Tinubu, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also from Kwara State, was Chief of Staff to the same Tinubu.

According to the Party, the essence of the deployment of the 4th defendant (Egbetokun) to Kwara Satte, was politically intended to to enable he ruling party, through he Minister and others, rig and manipulate he results of the 2019 general elections to favour APC.

According to the plaintiff, the deployment has created uneasy tension as I did not follow the due process of law but was made in utter breach of the powers of the first and second defendants.

“That to show the abuse of the laid down process, first, second and third defendants have hurriedly transferred and purportedly ratified he said redeployment of the 4th defendant to Kwara State.

“That it is not within the powers of the first, second and the third defendants to transfer or deploy the 4th defendant to another state as the State Commissioner of Police”, the plaintiff stated.

Noting that time is of immense essence, the plaintiff sought an accelerated hearing of the matter in view of the fast approaching 2019 elections.

It held that it is necessary for the court to restrain the defendants from deploying or giving effect to the said transfer in the interest of justice.

No date has been fixed for hearing on the matter.