I’m using my personal car, says First Lady
Only security vehicles were deployed –Force Headquarters
Twenty-four hours after he alleged that Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, gave two SUVs to First Lady, Aisha Buhari, Senator Isah Hamma Misau, claimed, yesterday, the IGP was behind the leaked documents.
Misau told newsmen his comment on the SUVs stemmed from court documents filed in the charge against him, by the IGP and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami.
“The said documents, which form part of the proof of evidence to the charge, are correspondence between the IGP and the president, his Chief of Staff, Director, National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Aide-de-Camp to the wife of the president, and the Chief Personal Security Officer to the president.”
Misau accused the IGP of blackmailing the president’s wife and other high-ranking personalities by deliberately and unethically exposing their correspondences.
“It was, indeed, a shock to me as I am sure it is to other Nigerians, to see such private and confidential documents, with all the minutes of the president and other top government officials carelessly displayed in the public by the Inspector General of Police in manifest breach of official secrecy. The motive for displaying these documents is no doubt suspicious given that they have little or no bearing on the matter of inappropriate practices within the Police. My submission before the Senate committee was simply to call the attention of members as well as the general public to how the IGP is unethically dropping names through filing of secret documents so as to rope these top ranking innocent personalities into the case.
“The IGP was the one who submitted the official documents mentioning the names of respected personalities, not me. I believe I needed to make this clarification.”
But, the first lady has denied collecting any vehicle from the IGP. She denied the vehicle gifts at 11.00am, yesterday, via her twitter account, @aishambuhari, where she wrote: ‘’I am using my personal car.”
Thereafter, in a statement by her Director of Information, Suleiman Haruna, the first lady insisted the vehicles she is still using “belongs to the family and were the ones used during the campaign for 2015 elections, including the one for her entourage.”
Misau had alleged during his appearance before the Senate Ad Hoc committee probing bribery allegations against the IGP, that he had “some contract papers that the IGP himself submitted to the court, where the first lady, through her Aide-de-Camp requested a Toyota Hiace and a Sienna jeep.
‘’The same day that the ADC wrote, the IG minuted that she should be given two jeeps. And, it is not part of the appropriation. If you look at the appropriation, there is nowhere they said the first lady should be given two jeeps’’ he declared.
Regardless, the Nigeria Police Force has denied Misau’s allegations.
In a statement, yesterday, the police said Misau’s allegations were baseless and absolutely untrue and outright falsehood.
“The Nigeria Police Force categorically wishes to state that all the allegations made by Misau against the Inspector General of Police and the wife of the president, of buying two jeeps for the president’s wife as reported in some media are baseless, untrue and done in bad faith to misinform and mislead the public.
‘’It is pertinent to state that at no time did the wife of the President, Mrs Aishat Buhari requested directly or indirectly for vehicles for her use from the IGP and no vehicle, whether Jeep or SUV, has ever been given for her personal use.
“To set the record straight and disabuse the minds of the public most especially those who must have read the story, that the IGP is empowered by the 1999 Constitution, as amended, and the Police Act and Regulations, precisely Section 215 (1)(a&b) and (2) ‘The Nigeria Police Force shall be under the command of the Inspector General Police“ and the deployment and control of the entire operations of the Force, including allocation of police vehicles for operational use throughout the country shall be under the purview of the IGP…”
The Police insisted “the IGP acted within his power when, on January 17, he approved two police vehicles; a Toyota Sienna bus, with registration No. NPF NPF 2406D and a Toyota Hiace bus, with reg. No. NPF 3363D to the ADC of wife of the president, SP Sani M Baba-Inna for operational reasons and not to the person of the wife of the president or for her personal use, as alleged by Misau’. All the allegations made by Misau are baseless, untrue and done in bad faith.”
A copy of the document filed in court by the IGP and the AGF, which was sighted, showed that the request for a Sienna vehicle and a Toyota Hiace Bus for the first lady was indeed addressed to Ibrahim Idris and signed by the ADC to the President’s wife, Sani Baba-Inna.
The request which was contained in a letter which was dated January 17, 2017 was officially approved the following day by the IGP in a handwritten minute approving the purchase of two jeeps.
Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha has also denied the claims of the Bauchi Central Senatorial District lawmaker, Misau that she received two SUV from the IGP. (The Sun)