An Abuja-based human rights lawyer, Mr. Maxwell Opara has filed an ex-parte motion before the Court of Appeal sitting at Abuja seeking abridgement of time for the hearing of his appeal against President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, the Attorney General of the Federation and Nigeria Police Council over extension of the IGP’s tenure.

It is recalled that the human rights activist and constitutional lawyer has maintained an action against the respondents in APPEAL NO:CA//A/ABJ/CV/648/2021 and SUIT NO: FHC/ABJ/CS/106/2021 over the extension of the tenure of current Inspector General of Police who was due for retirement on March 1, 2023.

Last month, in a letter to the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, counsel to the activist, Nnenna Opara, complained that the appeal was filed since 2021 but due to adjournments, has now been slated for hearing on the 19th of September, 2023.

The letter further asked the Presiding Judge to consider the peculiar circumstances of the case and bring the matter forward for hearing of the appeal. The Appellant is praying for “AN ORDER OF THIS HONOURABLE COURT Abridging the time to hear the appeal filed in this court.”

In an 11-paragraph affidavit in support of the Motion, the Appellant/Applicant stressed that he will suffer untold damages if the matter is not decided quickly. No date has been fixed for hearing of the motion.

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