Okorocha, IGP Battle In Court Over Fundamental Rights’ Breach

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Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has sued the Inspector General of Police (IGP) over alleged breach of his fundamental human rights following an “invasion and ransacking” of his house in Jos.
The governor, who filed his case before Justice Musa Kurya of the Jos Federal High Court, is demanding for N1.25 billion as general damages for the action.
Joined in the suit are Commissioner of Police Plateau, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice as 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondents.
Okorocha, through his counsel, Mr Markus Saleh (SAN), had told the court that on May 3, the respondents had invaded his home in Jos and held his family members and staff hostage in a search conducted without any court warrant. He prayed the court to declare the action as “illegal, null and void’’ as there was no valid court warrant for such an exercise. Okorocha also prayed the court for a perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further doing anything as such in his homes across the country.
He further sought for an order declaring that only the Imo State House of Assembly had the constitutional rights and power to supervise, monitor, legislate, appropriate and demand accounting of public funds of Imo State from him.