The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday dismissed a suit seeking an order restraining Mr Mohammed Adamu from parading himself as the Inspector-General of Police (IGP).
Justice Ahmed Mohammed gave the ruling on the ex-parte motion with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/106/21, which was filed by Maxwell Opara, a lawyer, and argued by his counsel, Ugochukwu Ezekiel.
Arguing the motion, Ezekiel told the court that the application was brought pursuant to Section 215, 216 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Section 7 of the Nigeria Police Act 2020.
It would be recalled that Opara had sued President Mohammadu Buhari, Mr Mohammed Adamu, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Ministry of Justice, as 1st to 4th defendants respectively.
However, in the motion, dated Feb. 11 and filed on Feb. 12, Opara, prayed the court for an order restraining Adamu from parading himself as IGP and an order for the abridgement of time, within which the defendants should respond to the application.
However, Justice Mohammed held that since all the defendants had already been served with the originating processes in the suit, it would be unfair to grant the ex-parte motion when the defence had up to 30 days to respond to the main suit.
He said that such order would be contrary to the provision of the law.
“The prayer one is, hereby, refused,” he ruled.
Mohammed said that prayer two of the plaintiff should be a notice to the defendants.
The IGP was represented by Alex Izinyon (SAN), while the 1st, 3rd and 4th defendants were not represented in court.
The judge thereafter adjourned the matter until Feb. 24 for continuation of hearing.