Nigeria Police chief, accused of corruption, moves to stop his investigation by Senate

I-G meets with Commissioners of Police in Abuja
Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has approached an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, requesting it to protect his fundamental rights in the ongoing rift between him and a senator, Isah Misau, and also stop the Senate from instituting an investigation into the furore.

Mr. Misau, representing the Bauchi State senatorial district, accused Mr. Idris of engaging in the illicit collection of monies from police officers in order to promote them. The senator also accused Mr. Idris of sexual misconduct.

Responding, the office of the IGP, through its spokesperson, Moshood Jimoh, accused Mr. Misau of deserting the police force while he was a policeman and using false documents to execute his retirement from the force.

The Police Service Commission, however, cleared the senator; saying his retirement was properly done.

Following Mr. Misau’s allegations against the police chief, the Senate instituted an eight-member ad-hoc committee, chaired by Its Deputy Chief Whip, Francis Alimikhena, to investigate the allegations.

The federal government, through the office of the attorney general, however, filed separate suits against the senator for alleged forgery, misinformation and other misconducts.

The Punch newspapers reported that Mr. Idris approached the court to request that it stops the Senate from going ahead with its investigation, describing it as illegal null and void.

According to the report, Mr. Idris is asking the court to compel the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the ad-hoc committee to suspend current investigations as it negates the provisions of law and amounts to ”an abuse of the IGP’s fundamental rights.”

“The applicant is a law-abiding citizen and has a fundamental right to dignity of person under Section 34 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) (as amended), and Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act.

“Without the 1st respondent (Saraki), having regard to the relevant constitutional requirements in respect of the 2nd respondent’s role in investigations of allegations, he, in reaction to these frivolous allegations, quickly constituted a committee consisting members of the 2nd Respondent to look into the matter.

“The said committee so constituted is acting ultra vires, unconstitutional, null and void. The act of the first respondent (Saraki) in constituting the committee is ultra vires, unconstitutional, null and void,” the Force said in its motion, with the reference number: FCT/HC/CV/3158/17,” the suit indicated.


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  • Abdussalami Yaro

    This one thing that is pushing me to disown this government under Buhari. A perceived no nonsense Buhari, has unfortunately changed. The critics of this government can be justified by accusing the president of double standard in his so called fight against corruption. The president is not forth coming when any of his government official is accused of corruption. Why is the president not saying anything about the report of the investigation against the suspended SGF? And now, by the action of the IGP, one can safely say the man has really some questions to answer.

  • Sanssouci

    An innocent man would relish the opportunity to confront his accusers and prove his innocence

  • Daniel

    The IGP is desperately trying to obstruct justice.

    Wait and prove your innocence sir.

  • Gary

    Oga Olopa,
    Why run to court in a futile bid to stop the Senate from probing you, if you have nothing to hide and willing to be transparent about your leadership of the Nigeria Police Force?

    You were promoted as IGP over better qualified peers and seniors who were then forcibly retired from service; so it is understandable that you know nothing about the Separation of Powers nor the checks and balances in our current democratic system of government.
    Yet someone saw it fit to appoint a man lacking this basic understanding of the Constitution as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Nigeria in 2017. Then they wonder why the country is marching backwards instead of into the 21st Century. What a shame.

    Please stop wasting Police funds paying lawyers for a suit that they know will be thrown out for the courts have no jurisdiction over the affairs of the Legislative Branch of government. That is Constitutional Law 101.

    Nor will the strong-arm tactics employed by the sleazy lawyer turned AGF Malami, to file criminal charges against whistle-blower Senator Misau lead anywhere. Even if he intimidates the lower courts, any jungle ruling will be nullified on appeal by our reinvigorated Appellate Courts. You will only end up making some lawyers rich for this Fool’s Errand.

    Just provide answers to the grave allegations raised on the floor of the Senate over your activities as IGP.
    Or prepare to have a very short tenure at your ill-gotten position when this regime is sent packing in 2019.

  • Nicolas

    OBJ sent Tafa Balogun to jail, Buhari should do same if Idris is found wanting.Though I doubt if he has the guts to do it.