Alleged contempt: PDP asks court to jail Ebonyi CP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ebonyi State chapter has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to commit the Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Garaba to prison over his alleged refusal to obey a court order.

DAILY POST reports that a committal proceeding was instituted against the police chief, Aliyu Garba, by the caretaker committee chairman of the PDP in Ebonyi State, Hon. Fred Udeogu.

The court had in its ruling ordered the CP not to recognize Barr Chief Onyekachi Nwebonyi, Engineer Francis Ori and Emeka Ogbo, as officers of the PDP pending the determination of the suit.

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The Party has now returned to the Court, through its counsel, Barr. Okoro Nkemakolam S.C, alleging that the CP had flouted the order.

In a motion on notice, the PDP is seeking an order “of this Honourable Court, committing Aliyu Garba, the Commissioner of Police Ebonyi State, to prison and detain in custody until he obeys the order this Honourable Court made on the 21st of January 2021.”

It said, “This honourable court in a well-considered ruling delivered on the 21st of January 2021, directed the Inspector General of Police, its servants, agents and/or officers from in whatsoever manner according recognition to the Barr Chief Onyekachi Nwebonyi, Engineer Francis Ori and Emeka Ogbo, as officers of the Peoples Democratic Party, pending the determination of the suit.

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“Despite the service of the order of court on the Inspector General of Police, and a written directive by the Inspector General of Police, to Aliyu Garba, the Commissioner of Police Ebonyi State, in utter disregard and disobedience to the order of this Honourable Court, has refused the Plaintiffs access to their party Secretariat.

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“The Applicant filed this motion on notice to commit Aliyu Garba the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State, to prison for contempt of court, for his refusal to obey the order of the Federal High Court Abuja, Division, directing him not to accord any form of recognition to Barr Chief Onyekachi Nwebonyi, Engineer Francis Ori and Emeka Ogbo, as officers of the Peoples Democratic Party, pending the determination of the substantive suit.”

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