Nigerians Lambast IGP After Commission Clears Senator Of Alleged Desertion

Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim
Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim

A group of Nigerians has asked the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to submit himself for investigation over the allegation of corruption against him by a senator, Isah Misau‎.

The group made the call after the Police Service Commission clarified that the senator duly retired from the police, thus exonerating him of the allegation by Police authorities that he was a deserter.

It would also be recalled that Mr. Misau, who is the Chairman of Senate Committee on Navy, in a series of interviews with journalists had accused the Inspector General of Police of taking bribe to post officers as well as diverting money paid by private companies for police duties.

The police authorities responded by accusing him of vendetta over being under investigation for alleged desertion of the police.

The Police on August 27 had declared Mr. Misau a deserter and accused him of carrying about a forged retirement letter.

But the Police Service Commission on Wednesday confirmed that the retirement letter of the senator from the force was authentic.

The retirement letter, with ref: No PSC 1034 Vol.8/244, was issued on March 4, 2014 but took effect from December 1, 2010.‎

The commission said Mr. Misau’s retirement followed due process as it was based on recommendation from the Force Headquarters.

‎Discussing the issue on Thursday, participants on penpushing social media platform said the senator having been cleared of the allegation of desertion, it had become morally compulsory to investigate his allegation against the Inspector General of Police.

A cleric who is a member of the platform, Olusesi Obateye, wrote: ‘Now that the retirement letter has been investigated and found authentic, what will happen to his allegations against IGP?”

He expressed dismay that instead of the police to respond to the senator’s allegations, they had resorted to counter accusation, stating that the tactic was characteristic of a guilty party.

In her own remark, a veteran journalist, Funke Fadugba, posited: “Are the allegations against the IGP against the government? Is fight against corruption no longer a cardinal program of government that we should all support? He who comes to equity must come with clean hands. The police is a major in prosecuting the anti-corruption war.”

Another commentator, Sulaiman Fasasi, reacted thus:‎ “I lost faith in this IGP right from the word go. A man who couldn’t conduct a proper investigation on police vehicles, how would he secure all the vehicles in Nigeria? The same man who couldn’t investigate a resignation letter of an officer serving under him doesn’t worth to be a DPO.”

Yinka Kotoye, who is a legal practitioner, wrote: ‘The man should resign honourably.‎ The Senate should push for the sack of the IG or his resignation.”

In the same vein, Yusuph Olaniyonu declared: “Senator Misau may have to consider seeking redress. The Senate should also look into the allegations.

“We have been talking about this very familiar pattern. When an MDA or government institution is accused of wrongdoing or initiating a wrong policy, instead of facing the facts, they resort to blackmail. This has backfired

“Since FPRO spoke on Raypower saying the allegation of companies paying for police protection was false, the station has been inundated with documents sent by people who were in charge of such payments in the companies they used to work to prove that payments are being made.

“In any case, banks and oil companies don’t pay huge amount of money like that without vouchers being raised and these are trails that can be followed. Sen. Misau has always said his motivation was for those payments to be made official and harnessed into resources that the police could tap into for re-equipping and re-tooling.

“The Senate should simply investigate the issues raised by Misau and put the outcome in the public domain. Just as they did on the suspended SGF. It is left for the President to act on it or ignore it. Whatever action the President takes will form part of the portfolio for the anti-corruption fight. ‎ At least, there is a suggestion that the suspended SGF may still come back,” Mr. Olaniyonu stated.

The Ogun State Chairman of Committee for Defence on Human Rights, Folarin Olayinka, reacted thus: “This IGP I think should just cover his face in shame, he needs to convince the public that he is not on a garment of corruption.

“The people must own the struggle against corruption. Hate Senate, call them names, but be sure there are still good and concerned personalities there. They have achieved a lot and must not be inordinately shouted down always. This IGP must go‎.”


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  • Bright Ezeh

    It’s time to lnvestigate the IG since we are through with the Senators lnvestigation

    • Emmanuel

      I retired or resigned in 2010 and the very instrument that gives legality to my exit is given to me in 2014.Nigerians,so things has gone this bad that we can’t think deeply again before we come to conclusion. What a shame.

      • Ade

        Thank you my brother,what happened that the retirement letter cannot be issued immediate in 2010 not until 2014 before the letter surfaced, I think something is wrong somewhere with that letter itself. All are scam and rotten in the system and am sure godfather hand was involved in releasing that letter by 2014 four years after retirement.

        • Emmanuel

          Thanks for your insightful comment and deep thinking.The said Senator refused to appeared before the Police Service Commission panel to authenticate the said letter of disengagement,how they arrived at this grave conclusion is still shocking.

      • Frank Bassey

        “so things has gone this bad that we can’t think deeply again before we come to conclusion”. Aside your bad English, you do not seem to be following the matter. The senator explained during a live TV discussion on this matter that, according to Service rule, Acknowledgement of your letter of notification for disengagement suffices for actual disengagement, notwithstanding the gap between the time of submission and receipt of letter of disengagement. If you are in doubt, go and change the rule.

  • Frank Bassey

    Now that Senator Isah Misau has been cleared, can we proceed to investigate the IGP and have him properly prosecuted if need be? That can never happen under President Muammadu Buhari who is deeply engaged in selective, parochial and skewed fight against corruption. He will soon set up a committee to investigate the matter and turn in their report. Before the report is ready, he has jetted out to London. End of the story.

  • emmanuel

    This is the worst IGP in about twenty years. In his time, his men and armed robbers keep roaster of which team rob first at night on the highways, especially at night to rob night travellers.
    Stories have it that they became over lords on Sagamu-Benin highway until soldiers were drafted in recently to check the crimes.
    Quota Buhari appointments is one disaster too many in his tenor.
    What a shame, an IGP removes his clothes to fight in Public in a duel he has lost in shame and has been battered by the man.

  • Kelly

    This man was not meant to be the IGP, he was the commissioner of police in Kano state who supervised the worst election fraud in history by awarding PMB over 2 million votes and covered it up by killing the whole family of the resident electoral commissioner for Kano state in a strange fire that wiped the man’s family. His reward is the present position of IGP he is occupying, so how will anyone expect this man not to be corrupt???