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As Saraki, Melaye, Murray-Bruce sue Police IG for N500m

Folks suspect travesty of justice by lawmakers

In what may be a veiled attempt to pervert justice and subvert law enforcement moves against them, President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Ben Murray-Bruce have sued the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for 500 Million Naira over their invitation by the Nigeria Police.

It is not clear what their intentions are as none of them is from Osun State. However, HAMILTONSTYLE is keeping a close watch on the case as it develops. But now that Abubakar Saraki has lost his PDP bid to Abubakar Atiku, it is unlikely that he’d still be interested to continue a case the trio of them can’t win, insiders says.

Saraki, Melaye and Murray-Bruce were among the three leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party who held a protest march to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Friday to protest against the outcome of the Osun State governorship election.

The police had invited only Melaye and Murray-Bruce to appear before the Federal Capital Territory Command over alleged assaults on its men and destruction its property.

The lawmakers however failed to answer the invitation. Instead, they have dragged the IG 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 only, same 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 obtained by our correspondent on 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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