Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has asked the Federal High Court, in Abuja, to commit the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Suleiman Abba, to jail for disobeying the court’s order. The court, presided by Justice Ahmed Muhammed, had earlier asked the plaintiff (Tambuwal) and respondents (INEC, PDP and the Police) to maintain status quo antebellum pending the determination of the substantive suit on the status as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Tambuwal’s counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, a senior advocate, Friday, filed the application on two grounds. Fagbemi said Abba is contemptible of the court by directing his men to stop Tambuwal from entering the National Assembly, in negation of the status quo order.
Fagbemi equally told the court of Abba’s refusal to recognize him as Speaker of the House during his appearance before a committee of the House of Representatives, last Monday. Fagbemi said the IG has constituted himself “to be the complainant, the judge and the executioner in a matter where a restraining order has already been issued by the judge”.
The judge ruled that the exparte application be served on the IG’s lawyers for response. The matter has been adjourned till December 1 for a ruling on whether some interested parties, notably the Executive Chairman of Tambuwal Local Government Authority and a member representing Tambuwal West constituency in the Sokoto State House of Assembly, can be joined in the suit.