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Suit Against Judicial Panels Of Inquiry Withdrawn By Police

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The suit instituted by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF)  against the judicial panels of inquiry set up to probe allegations of brutality and human rights abuses against the force has been withdrawn.

The suit was withdrawn in a notice of discontinuance filed by Mr. Festus Ibude, a police counsel. In the notice of discontinuance, the force said it wished to withdraw the suit against all the defendants.

Recall that in a suit filed by Mr. O.M Atoyebi, the force had argued that the establishment of panels of inquiry by state governors to investigate its activities was illegal and unconstitutional.

Thus, it asked the court to restrain the thirty-six state governors listed as defendants from conducting any investigation to probe the affairs of the security agency.

However, in a statement by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, signed by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba, he expressed his disapproval of the suit and ordered an investigation.

Adamu insisted that the force is committed to fulfilling all its obligations with regard to the disbandment of the defunct sars, adding that the officer responsible for the suit has been queried and may be sanctioned “if found guilty of dereliction of duty”.

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