The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has filed a libel suit against Hamman Misau, the Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, demanding N5 billion as compensation for alleged defamation.
The Federal Government, through the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), had earlier filed criminal charges against Misau for allegedly spreading “injurious falsehood” against the IGP and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
Both the civil case filed by the IGP himself and the criminal charges instituted by the AGF’s office came after series of allegations of corruption and unethical practices leveled against the IGP by Misau leading to counter-accusations and rebuttals.
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The civil case has been assigned to Justice Jude Okeke of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, while the criminal case is before the Chief Judge of the court, Justice Ishaq Bello.
Justice Okeke has fixed for November 13, 2017 for hearing.
In the suit filed by his counsel, Marcel Oru, the IGP prayed the court to award cumulative aggravated and exemplary damages of N5 billion against the lawmaker.
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