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Go And Honour Police Invitation, Court Tells Saraki, Others



Go And Honour Police Invitation, Court Tells Saraki, Others

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Thursday, ordered the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Senators Dino Melaye and Ben Murray-Bruce to immediately honour an invitation by the police.

The police had invited the them following their roles in the October 5, 2018 street procession staged in Abuja by the Peoples Democratic Party.

The three senator led the protest to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja, after Adegboyega Oyetola, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared winner of the Osun State gubernatorial poll in 2018.

They alleged that the election was not fre and fair, accusing security agents including the police, of colluding with the APC to rig out Ademola Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate.

In a ruling on Thursday, Justice Okon Abang-led Federal High Court struck out the fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by Saraki, Melaye and Ben Bruce.

The senators approached the court to secure an order, nullifying the October 6 and 8, 2018 letters of invitation by the Police.

According to Abang, “the court cannot restrain the Police from carrying out their statutory function; and in this case, they have acted within the provision of Section 4 of the Police Act.

“They issued the letters dated October 6 and 8 inviting the applicants for questioning over their roles in the procession of the Peoples Democratic Party that held on October 5, 2018. The Police acted in public and national interests.

“The letters of invitation dated October 6 and 8, 2018 remain valid and subsisting. The applicants shall respond and report to the Police without fail.

“It is the outcome of the applicants’ honouring the invitation that would determine if their rights have been violated; certainly not before honouring the invitation.”

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