The Nigeria Police Force has documented a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja appealing to God for a request halting the different states’ legal boards of enquiry testing charges of rights manhandles and different demonstrations of severity of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad and other police strategic units.
The offended party in the suit checked, FHC/ABJ/CS/1492/2020, asked the court to control the Attorneys-General of the 36 conditions of the alliance and their different boards of enquiry from proceeding with the test focussing on police exemption.
The litigants, totalling 104, who were sued by the NPF, contained the Attorney-General of the Federation, the National Human Rights Commission which set up the Independent Investigative Panel sitting in Abuja, the Attorneys-General of the states, and administrators of the states’ boards.
The choice to set up the different boards of enquiry was taken by the National Economic Council with individuals including the 36 state lead representatives and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in the fallout of the ongoing cross country #EndSARS fights requesting a finish to police ruthlessness.
The NPF, through their legal advisor, Mr O. M. Atoyebi (SAN), contended in the new suit that the state governments did not have the ability to establish the boards to research exercises of the police power and its authorities in the direct of their legal obligations.
As per the offended party, the express governments’ choice to set up such boards disregarded the arrangements of segment 241(1)(2)(a) and Item 45, Part 1, First Schedule to the Constitution and Section 21 of the Tribunals of Inquiry Act.
It contended that by prudence of the arrangements of 241(1)(2)(a) and Item 45, Part 1, First Schedule to the Nigerian Constitution just the Federal Government had elite capacity to “put together, control and manage the Nigeria Police Force”.
It, consequently, asked to, among others, pronounce that “the foundation of a board of enquiries by the legislative heads of the different conditions of the organization of Nigeria, to ask into the exercises of the Nigeria Police Force corresponding to the release of her legal obligations is a gross infringement of the arrangements of Section 241 (1)(2) (a) and Item 45, Part 1, First timetable, 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as revised) and Section 21 of the councils of request Act, Cap.T21, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”.
The offended party likewise encouraged the court to announce that “having respect to the conditions of this case, the mentality of the legislative leaders of the different conditions of the Federation of Nigeria, for this situation, is unlawful, illicit, invalid and void and of no impact at all”.
It looked for a request for ceaseless directive controlling the third to 38th respondents (the state Attorneys-General of the 36 states) “from making or leading any examinations, sittings, and requests and additionally from making or directing any further examinations, sittings and requests in regard of issues influencing the Nigeria Police Force, or potentially further setting up any board of request in any state at all in the nation”.