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Alleged Assault: Court Stops IGP From Arresting Former Minister Gbagi

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has restrained the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Delta State Police Commissioner from arresting or detaining a former Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo made the order sequel to an ex parte application filed by Gbagi for the enforcement of his fundamental rights.

The court also granted Gbagi leave to serve the originating processes and all other subsequent processes in the suit on the Commissioner of Police by substituted means.

Gbagi’s application followed the controversy generated by a viral video where it was alleged that he stripped four employees of his hotel in Asaba over claims of some missing money.

The incident allegedly happened on September 18 and Gbagi, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has since denied any wrongdoing.

The Delta State Police Command earlier today declared him wanted for allegedly failing to honour an invitation by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, for questioning over the incident.

In his ruling on Gbagi’s application, Justice Taiwo also held that the IGP and the COP, who are first and second respondents, “are at liberty if they wish to file their response jointly and/or severally within 14 days.”

The court then adjourned till October 16 for hearing.