House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal filed an ex parte application on Friday for a court order committing the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, to prison for alleged contempt.
In the application filed by his counsel, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Tambuwal accused the IGP of committing contempt of the order of court for status quo made on November 7.
Tambuwal averred that the IGP undertook not to tamper with the subject of the dispute being his status as Speaker, but has been the only person who does not recognise him as the speaker.
He added that even the president still recognises him as the speaker.
The Speaker cited his being denied access into the premises of the National Assembly “to perform his lawful duty as the Speaker of the House of Representatives” on November 20 and the statement by the IGP before the House Committee on Police Affairs on Wednesday that he would not recognise him as speaker, as some of the instances of the IGP’s contempt of court.
Justice Ahmed Muhammed advised Tambuwal’s counsel to file a motion on notice and serve the IGP, who was represented by Ade Okeaya-Inneh (SAN), for his reply.
He adjourned the case to December 1 for ruling on two separate applications by Tambuwal’s constituents who are seeking to join the suit.
Bala Konkani and Sambo Bello Moddo, chairmen of Kebbe and Tambuwal local government areas of Sokoto State respectively, are arguing that they are interested parties in the suit having elected the Speaker as a representative to the House.
Similarly, Abdulsamad Ibrahim Dasuki of Tambuwal East constituency, Suleiman Hamsi of Tambuwal West constituency, and Hon Shuiabu Umar of Kebbi West constituency, all members of the Sokoto State House of Assembly, want the court to admit them as parties in the suit.