Saraki, Melaye, Ben Bruce Sue IGP Idris, Seek N500m Damages

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Instead of honouring police inviation over their alleged roles in last Friday’s PDP protest in Abuja over the “rigging” of the Osun Governorship Election, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Ben Murray-Bruce have sued the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for the humiliation, intimidation, harassment and unlawful attempt to arrest the applicants by the agents of the second respondent (Commissioner of Police).

Court papers seen by CHECKPOINTCARLEY on Monday, showed that the senators are demanding N500m pecuniary and exemplary damages in the suit, with number FHC/ABJ/03/095/2018, filed by Mahmud Abubakar Magaji (SAN), on their behalf.

They are asking the court to, among others, direct the defendants to “jointly and severally pay the applicants the sum of N500m only, same being the pecuniary and exemplary damages arising from the humiliation, intimidation, harassment and unlawful attempt to arrest the applicants by the agents of the second respondent (Commissioner of Police).”

The lawmakers were among the three leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party who led a protest march to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Friday to protest the outcome of the Osun State governorship election.

The police had invited only Melaye and Murray-Bruce to appear before the Federal Capital Territory Command over alleged assaults on its men and destruction of its property.

The lawmakers, however, failed to honour the invitation.

As at the time of filing this report, the Nigeria Police are yet to react to the latest development.

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