The Federal High Court, Awka Division, has set aside its earlier judgement on the alleged illegality of the continued stay in office of the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba.
The presiding judge, Justice Roman, gave the order to set aside the verdict delivered on May 19, 2023.
The judgement of the court followed the application filed by the Inspector General of Police through his counsel challenging the earlier verdict on the ground that he was not served and, thus, not heard in the suit, which was his constitutional right.
The applicant argued that the suit was caught up by the principle of res judicata, having been adjudicated upon based on the same issues and facts being canvassed by the plaintiff.
The plaintiff, Okechukwu Nwafor, had instituted the suit at the Federal High Court, seeking a declaration that Usman Alkali Baba should vacate office after attaining the age of retirement.
The verdict is said to nullify the earlier one.