Inspector-General of Police Shuns Abuja Court As Trial of Slain Journalist, Alex Ogbu, Begins

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu has refused to make an appearance before the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT ) high court sitting Maitama Abuja in the enforcement of fundamental rights to life suit of extrajudicial killing of the Late journalist Alex Ogbu by the police.

Ogbu, a journalist with Regent Africa Times Magazine, was killed by armed policemen while covering a peaceful protest of the Islamic Movement of Nigerian (IMN), ‘Shittes’, at the Berger Roundabout on January 21, 2020.

The police boss who was the respondent in the case was conspicuously absent in the courtroom and also failed to send legal representation at the resumed hearing of the case on Thursday.

Following this development the presiding judge, Peter Affen, therefore, adjourned the case to February 18, 2020, to enable the police authority to make legal representation in the matter.

Addressing journalists at the end of the court proceedings counsel to the wife of the deceased, Marshal Abubakar who was holding brief for Mr. Femi Falana disclosed that the court ought to have commenced the hearing of the substantive application today but was stalled due to the absence of police.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Federation, Abubakar Malami was also joined in the suit which was filed in July 2020. 

Abubakar said ” The matter for the enforcement of the fundamental human right to life of the deceased Comrade Alex Ogbu who was killed brutally by the Nigeria police force on January 21, 2020, came up today in court. As expected the police were not in court neither were they represented by counsel.

“The matter was slated for today for hearing of the said application and we informed the court that we are ready for proceeding. 

“But his Lordship decided in his own wisdom that one more hearing date be accorded them to see if they will come to court and honour the hearing notice issued by the court against February 18, 2021.

He added that the judge raised concern on the petition pending before the human rights commission which also bordered on police brutality that led to the death of the journalist.

“We informed the court that we are aware of the particular proceedings but since the matter is already in court we intend to proceed before FCT high court.

Falana was seeking an order of the court on behalf of the applicant mandating the police to set up a special educational fund ( not less than 100million naira in value ) through the registry of the court in favour of Miss Amy Ehikowejo Ogbu ( 2 years old ), the only biological daughter of late Alex Ogbu and the applicant sufficient to cater for her educational needs from primary school to University in any educational institution she may wish to attend.

Recall that SaharaReporters had earlier reported on the several attempts to frustrate the matter with a shoddy investigation with the aim to conceal the truth.

The DCO of Utako police station claimed that the bullets assigned to officers who went on the operation that day were intact.

In further attempts to frustrate the case, the police also claimed the matter had been transferred from FCT Command to the Inspector General of Police ( IGP ) for Investigation.

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