The governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has reportedly sued the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris over an alleged breach of his fundamental human rights following an ‘invasion and ransacking’ of his house in Jos, the Plateau state capital.
The New Telegraph reports that Okorocha filed the suit before Justice Musa Kurya of the Jos Federal High Court and is demanding N1.025 billion as general damages from the two bodies.
The report said the governor joined the commissioner of police in Plateau state as well as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the suit. Also joined is the Atorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice.
Through his counsel, Markus Saleh (SAN), Okorocha told the court that on May 3, the respondents invaded his home in Jos and held his family members and staff hostage in a search conducted without any court warrant.
He wants the court to declare the action illegal, null and void arguing that there was no valid court warrant for such an exercise.
The governor also wants the court to issue a perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further doing anything like that in his homes across the country.
Apart from this, Okorocha seeks for an order declaring that only the Imo House of Assembly has the constitutional rights and power to supervise, monitor, legislate, appropriate and demand accounting of public funds of the state from him.
He, therefore, asked the court to order the respondents to pay him the N1 billion as general damages and N25 million as cost of instituting the case.