OSUN ELECTION PROTEST: Saraki, Melaye, Bruce sue IGP
Senate President Bukola Saraki, senators Dino Melaye and Ben Murray-Bruce have sued the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, over their invitation by the Nigeria Police.
The senators were among the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who led a protest march to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Friday over the alleged rigging of the Osun State governorship election.
The police had subsequently invited the senators for alleged disturbance of public peace.
In a revised invitation, however, only Melaye and Murray-Bruce were asked to appear before the Federal Capital Territory Command over alleged assault on its men and destruction of its property.
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The lawmakers failed to respond to the invitation.
They have instead sued the IGP and the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, praying the court to, among others, direct the defendants to “jointly and severally pay the applicants the sum of N500m, being the pecuniary and exemplary damages arising from the humiliation, intimidation, harassment and unlawful attempt to arrest the applicants by the agents of the second respondent (Commissioner of Police).”
Court papers seen Monday showed that the suit, with Number FHC/ABJ/03/095/2018, was filed by Mahmud Abubakar Magaji, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, on behalf of the lawmakers.
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