A federal high court sitting in Abuja has refused to throw out a suit seeking to compel Usman Baba, inspector-general of police (IGP), to commence a perjury trial against Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Ruling on an ex parte application on Thursday, Inyang Ekwo, the presiding judge, granted permission to the Incorporated Trustees of Center for Reform and Public Advocacy, a civil society organisation (CSO), to apply for an order of mandamus to compel the IGP to prefer charges against Tinubu for having allegedly lied on oath.
According to the judge, the suit has merit.
In a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1058/2022 and filed on July 4, the CSO, claimed that Tinubu lied under oath when he tendered his credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 1999.
Tinubu has contested the Lagos governorship seat at the time.
The group said the IGP is empowered by the constitution and police act to probe criminal allegations levelled against anyone.
They had prayed the court for “an order of mandamus compelling the respondents to comply with sections 31 and 32 of the police act and section 3 of the criminal justice act, 2015 in respect of alleged crime laid out in complaint of the applicant encapsulated in the letter of June 16, 2022 received by the respondents on the same date and titled: Demand for Criminal Prosecution of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu under Sections 191, 192 and 463 of the criminal code act, law of the federation of Nigeria, 2004 consequent upon the findings of the Lagos State House of Assembly ad hoc Committee, 1999,” the court document reads.
The CSO, in the suit, said according to section 32(1) of the police act any suspect is meant to be arrested and tried in court.
The CSO said it was compelled to file the suit because two letters it wrote to the IGP where it called for the prosecution of Tinubu were allegedly ignored.