A Federal High Court in Abuja Thursday granted leave to a civil society group to apply for an order of mandamus compelling the Inspector-General of Police to prosecute the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu, over alleged perjury.
Justice Inyang Ekwo ruled on an ex-parte application by counsel to the Incorporated Trustees of Centre for Reform and Public Advocacy, Ugo Nwofor.
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The ex-parte application was filed by the group following the alleged refusal of the IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, to effect Tinubu’s arrest and prosecution over the allegation of supplying false information on oath in INEC Form 001 over his educational qualifications.
The CSO had contended that the IGP’s failure to comply was a breach of Sections 31 and 32 of the Police Act 2015.
Justice Ekwo held that the ex-parte application was meritorious and subsequently granted it.
The judge fixed November 1 for hearing of the substantive suit.