The Federal High Court, Abuja has ordered Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Ben Murray-Bruce to honour the Police invitation of Oct. 5, 2018, in connection with the protest staged by members of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), over Osun governorship election which was declared to have been won by the All Progressives Congress.
The presiding Judge, Okon Abang, gave the order on Thursday while delivering judgment in a fundamental human rights suit filed by the senators, alleging intimidation, harassment, and threat by the police.
He said: “It is my view that the police invitation to the applicants is still valid and subsisting; the applicants shall respond or report to the police invitation without fail.
“It is how the police treat them upon their having honoured the application that would determine whether their fundamental rights was violated not before they honour the invitation,” he added.
According to the judge, the court cannot restrain the police from discharging its duties as long as it is done within the confines of the law.
Speaking further, he noted that the suit of the applicants lacks merit and is accordingly dismissed with a cost of N50,000 awarded in favour of the police.
Ivotesng.com recalls that the three senators had filed an application asking the court to nullify the Oct. 6 and 8, 2018 letters of invitation to them by the Police.
In that suit, they also asked the court to declare that the act of dispersing their procession with tear gas was a violation of their fundamental rights, and asked the court to award N500 million to them as damages.
The three senators were part of the PDP leaders who led a protest on Oct. 5, 2018, calling to question the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the police on the Osun governorship elections.
During the protest, they were dispersed with tear gas by officers of the Nigerian Police Force, who claimed that they forcefully attempted to enter into the Police Headquarters and became totally hostile.
The police also alleged that the senator led people who almost violently forced their way into the force headquarters to cause damage to police equipment and government property.
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