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Senate: House Of Reps To Declare IGP Unfit For Public Office |The Republican News

By Philip Nyam

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As a show of solidarity, the House of Representatives may this week concur with the position of the Senate by passing a resolution declaring the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, unfit to hold public office.

The Senate, last week, declared the IGP incompetent and unfit to hold any office and should be sacked from his position. A few days ago, the Senate reeled out a list of killings in the country since January 2018, to buttress its insistence that the IGP has failed in his responsibilities.

New Telegraph reliably gathered that the second chamber, the House of Representatives, will on resumption tomorrow, sponsor a motion to concur with the Senate position and call on President Muhammadu Buhari to relieve Idris of his duties.

The motion, which is to be moved on Tuesday, will be presented by a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker from Rivers State, who is said to be a close ally of Governor Nyesom Wike.

A member of the group of lawmakers behind the historic motion told our correspondent in confidence that the House leadership and all members of the House were worried that the IGP has become untouchable and his antics pose a threat to democracy. “I can assure you, we are very uncomfortable with what is happening between the Senate and the IGP. It has never happened in the life of this parliament that an appointee of government would so treat the Senate with contempt. “We have to support the Senate because if the upper legislative is destroyed, it means the House will also be destroyed.

We will come up with a motion and concur with the resolution of the Senate. “If the IGP can so treat the highest law making body in this country with contempt, it means we have to rise up and tell Nigerian that as their true representatives we must defend democracy and their rights at all times,” the lawmaker revealed.

Although the Senate has insisted that the IGP must appear before it to answer questions relating to the arrest and subsequent arraignment of Senator Dino Melaye and the worsening insecurity in the country, the IGP has maintained that it is blackmail against the Force.  (New Telegraph)

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N120bn Bribery Allegation: Buhari’s Gov’t Increases Charges Against Misau |RN

From Godwin Tsa, Abuja

The Federal Government has amended criminal charges against Senator Isah Misau, before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sitting at Maitama, by increasing the counts from five to seven. 

Meanwhile, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) has engaged a private prosecutor to handle the case, on behalf of government.

 Misau, who represents Bauchi Central Senatorial District, is facing trial for allegedly making “injurious falsehood” against the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and the Nigerian Police Force.

In the said charge marked FCT/HC/CR/345/2017, the FG listed some of the “injurious falsehood” it said the defendant made, to include allegations that police officers paid as much as N2.5million to get special promotion and posting through the Police Service Commission. 

The charge was a direct fallout of allegations Misau, who himself is a retired deputy superintendent of police, raised against the IGP.

Misau was charged for alleging that the police boss diverted money meant for the purchase of Armoured Personnel Carriers, Sport Utility Vehicles and other exotic cars. He was said to have falsely accused the IGP of making almost half of mobile police commanders in the country, people of his Nupe extraction. 

The lawmaker, aside accusing the IGP of instituting roadblocks accross Nigeria, with the purpose of extorting money from unsuspecting motorists, equally alleged that the police boss had sexual affair with female police officers. Misau further alleged that the IGP collects illegal fees by way of security protections given to corporate organizations, eminent citizens and oil companies running into billions of Naira.

The AGF maintained that the lawmaker had, by his utterances, committed an offence contrary to Section 393(1) of the Penal Code. Meanwhile, at the resumed proceeding on the case, the new prosecutor, Dr. Alex Iziyon (SAN) told the court that the AGF issued him a fiat to handle the trial and, to also apply for a subpoena that was issued to compel the IGP to appear as a witness in the matter to be quashed.

Iziyon insisted that the said subpoena dated November 22, amounted to an abuse of court process, saying it was targeted at embarrassing the IGP.

However, Misau’s lawyer, Dr. Joshua Musa, SAN, challenged the legal validity of the amended charge FG filed against his client. He equally contended that the initial charge upon which his client was docked and granted N5million bail on October 19 was legally defective as it was bereft of the required seal. Musa argued that in the face of such default, the initial charge could not be amended. On the issue of subpoena aganst the IGP, the defence lawyer maintained that no law prohibited his client from applying for the police boss to appear as a witness to give evidence and tender documents in the matter. After he had listened to all the parties, the Chief Judge of the high court, Justice Ishaq Bello, who is presiding over the trial, fixed December 5 to hear all the pending applications. Meantime, the two new allegations against Misau read: “That you Isah Hamman Misau of Hamman Misau Residence, Turaki Street, Misau, Bauchi State on or about 26th August, 2017 at Abuja and other part of Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, did make a false statement of fact to wit: that the Inspector-General of Police is scoring high marks by making almost half of the mobile commanders in the country, people of his Nupe extraction which said false statement of fact was published in the This Day Newspaper and The Punch Newspaper both dated 26th August, 2017, knowing that such false statement of fact would harm the reputation of Mr. Ibrahim Kpotun Idris (the serving Inspector-General of Police) and the Nigeria Police Force and you thereby committed an offence. “That you Isah Hamman Misau of Hamman Misau Residence, Turaki Street, Misau, Bauchi State on or about 26th August, 2017 at Abuja and other part on Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did make a false statement of fact wit: that the incumbent Inspector-General of Police, based on available records, series of petitions and reports from insiders, has no capacity to run the Police just like the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Rtd IGP Mike Okiro, who also lacks similar capacity going N300 million scam and others hanging on his neck since 2011 during the presidential primary election of the People’s Democratic Party where he served as the head of the security committee which said false statement of fact was published in the Thisday Newspaper and the Punch Newspaper both dated 26th August, 2017 knowing that such false statement of fact would harm the reputation of Mr. Ibrahim Kpotun Idris (the serving Inspector-General of Police), Rtd IGP Mike Okiro, the Nigeria Police Force and the Police Service Commission and you thereby committed an offence”.   (The Sun)

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Gov. Obiano Has 221 Police Personnel, ADC, Chief Security Officer – IGP Idris |RN

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‘I never withdrew gov’s ADC’ 

From Molly Kilete, Abuja

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has said Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has 221 police officers and men, including an Aide-De-Camp (ADC) and a chief security officer attached to him for office and personal protection.

The IGP’s revelation came against the backdrop of reports that he withdrew his security aides on Tuesday.

The police boss insisted, yesterday,  he never withdrew Obiano’s ADC or any other police officer attached to the governor.

The IGP, who made this known in Abuja, explained that what happened on the day his ADC was allegedly withdrawn was that both the ADC and the Chief Security Officer (CSO) were asked to attend the IGP’s lecture, alongside other police personnel deployed for tomorrow’s election in Anambra State, which took place at the Police Command Headquarters in Awka, on Tuesday.

The IGP had come under heavy criticism after Obiano raised the alarm that he woke up Tuesday morning to discover that his ADC and CSO had been withdrawn by the IGP.

Obiano said withdrawal of his security aides meant his life was in danger.

Worried by the development, President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly, on Wednesday, at separate events, ordered the immediate restoration of Obiano’s security aides.

The order has been complied with.

But Idris, in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, yesterday, noted that it was imperative for the IGP to explain “rumours surrounding alleged withdrawal of Obiano’s ADC.

“Obviously, the 221 police personnel attached to Obiano are more than the strength of some police area commands in some states of the country.

“This was done to ensure optimum safety and protection of the executive governor of Anambra state.”

He gave a breakdown of the 221 police personnel attached to the governor to include “one ADC, one CSO,  Unit Commander, from 45 PMF, one Admin Officer, all of them senior police officers to administer the police personnel.

Others include “43 personnel of Police Mobile Force, from 29 PMF and 54 PMF, 62 personnel of Police Mobile Force (PMF) – from 45 PMF, 46 personnel of Special Protection Unit (SPU) and 66 personnel of Conventional Police Men.

“It is absolutely imperative to correct the wrong impression created in the media that the governor’s ADC was withdrawn.

“The true position of the matter is that the ADC or any other police officer attached to Obiano was not withdrawn…The ADC and CSO returned few hours later, after the lecture, same date, to their duty posts in Government House, Awka, Anambra sate.

Furthermore, the security arrangement currently being implemented by the police, to ensure a conducive atmosphere for a credible, free and fair governorship election scheduled for Saturday will not be compromised…”

and will cover the protection of all flag bearers of the 37 political parties participating in the election.

“The Force will also ensure adequate protection of the electorate, INEC officials, election observers/monitors, electoral materials and the general populace before, during and after the election.  (The Sun)

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I Am Free To Have Romantic Affair With Any Policewoman – IGP Ibrahim Idris |RN

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has said that there is no law that prevents him from marrying a serving female police officer.

He challenged the lawmaker representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Senator Isa Misau, who accused him of having an affair with a junior female colleague, to prove him otherwise.

Idris stated this in a written defence he presented through his lawyer, Dr. Alex Iziyon (SAN), to the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating the allegations against him by the senator.

SUNDAY PUNCH obtained a copy of the written defence, in which the allegations against the IG were listed in six categories and responded to.

He specifically asked the senator to cite a section of the law that prevents him from having romantic relationship with a policewoman.

The police boss recalled that Misau’s father married the lawmaker’s mother while in service.

On the allegation that Idris was having affairs with two female officers who also got questionable promotions as a result, Iziyon said, “This allegation is laughable and showed lack of understanding of the provisions of the Police Act and regulation.”

The Inspector-General of Police challenged the senator to cite the section of the Police Act and Regulation which forbids a police officer from marrying another police officer.

He said, “Until he brings such section of the Police Act, it will amount to discussing the Inspector-General of Police’s private life, which ordinarily should not have been entertained on the floor of the Senate.

“It might be appropriate to remind the senator, whose mother retired from the police as an Inspector of Police and a father who retired from the police as an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, that the Inspector-General of Police is a Moslem and, according to Islamic Law, can marry four wives provided he can love them equally.

“The senator also alleged that the Inspector-General of Police is in a relationship with one Corporal Amina whom he claimed was promoted from the rank of Corporal to an Assistant Superintendent of Police within 12 months.

“This allegation is false and the senator is under obligation to give the full particulars of the female police (officer), where she is serving and her duty post. It is not possible to promote a corporal to the rank of an ASP except the officer has attended an in-service cadet course.”

The IG, who earlier declined the committee’s invitation due to pending court cases over the matter, appeared before the Senate panel on Wednesday, accompanied by Iziyon; and the Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang.  ( The Sun)

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Misau Allegation: IGP, Senators In Heated Argument |The Republican News

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• Police boss appears before Senate, refuses to answer questions

• No court can stop us –Committee chair

From Fred Itua, Abuja 

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, yesterday, told a Senate ad-hoc committee investigating allegations leveled against him that he would not respond to questions.

The IGP, who appeared in company with his lawyer, Alex Izinyon, at about 2.30pm, told the committee, headed by Senator Francis Alimikhena, that since the case was already in court it would be sub judice for him to respond to questions from lawmakers.

He also claimed that the existence of the committee was against the Standing Rules of the Senate.  

This is coming at a time supporters of IGP Idris stormed the National Assembly in solidarity.

Convener of the protest, Gloria Ugbeji, said the solidarity march was important based on the various reforms the police chief had brought to the service.

When asked question by one of the senators, the IGP said: “I will not make any oral comment or answer any question in respect of the allegations in view of the various civil and criminal cases pending in the law courts, more especially when the senator has already been arraigned in court in respect of this matter. 

“I decided to appear before this Senate committee on the allegations out of high respect I have for the Senate and my respect for the rule of law. 

“Furthermore, it is expected that the Senate and the committee will refrain from making references to the issues, as it will be against Order 41 (7) and 53 (5) of the Senate Standing Orders 2 (15) as amended.”

Order 1(a) of the Senate Standing Rules states: “The proceedings in the Senate and in all committees of the Senate shall be conducted in accordance with the following Standing Orders: 

Order 41(7) of the Standing Rules states: “The Senate shall not receive any petition on any matter for which there is a judicial remedy.” 

Also, Order 53(5) states: “Reference shall not be made to any matter on which a judicial decision is pending in such a way as might, in the opinion of the president of the Senate, prejudice the interest of parties thereto.”

IGP Idris’ lawyer had a heated argument with senators, when he stopped the police boss from responding to questions raised by the committee chairman, Alimikhena.

He said: “I represent the IGP. I want to state that we have very high respect for the Senate. In pursuant of the invitation, we decided to be here to demonstrate that we have nothing to hide. I have gotten instructions from the IGP. We have responded to all the allegations raised, word-to-word, to the committee.

“This is an ad-hoc committee. There are rules. I am urging you to use your rules. In October 2015, a similar case arose between an ad-hoc committee and Rotimi Amaechi. Ethics committee was asked to investigate him. Because the case was before a court in Rivers State, the Senate suspended it.

“The Standing Rules of the Senate says that when a case is in court, any reference to it may be prejudice. Nigerians are interested in this. We are saying this in the interest of justice. We are not hiding anything at all. I am only drawing your attention to precedents set by the Senate.”

Izinyon’s response did not go down well with Senator Alimikhena, who responded angrily. He told Idris and his lawyer that the committee was set up before they went to court.

 “You cannot tell us the FCT High Court has given an order. You cannot come here and tell us what you know. This is a committee set up by the Senate. It was set up before you went to court. The court is interfering with our work. Let us stick with the truth. The Senate is not out to witch-hunt anybody. If you are going to court, it does not stop the Senate from probing the virement made by the police boss. You cannot stop that,” he said.

Izinyon retorted: “The law is clear. If there is any virement, the Senate will not look at it. It is a criminal offence and it is not the Senate that should handle that.”

Senator Hope Uzodinma, who is also a member of the committee pleaded with Alimikhena to adjourn the hearing to allow the committee study the content of the written response of the IGP. 

 “I want to caution you. We are all statesmen in the country. We are all one. If we must succeed as a country, we must create a synergy where both arms must work together. The SAN, you must agree with me that this is not a law court. You will do us a favour to resolve differences between these parties. 

“The Standing Rules says ‘if its the opinion of the Senate president.’ Are you the Senate president? This matter needs to be resolved in a manner that Nigerians will be happy. If we issue a warrant, the IGP will bring himself. I do not even know why the IGP cannot speak for himself. 

“We want to see the allegations before us and see how we can resolve them, in the interest of the country. If the IGP is not in a position to speak, in my view, he can submit his defence. We can look into it and decide how to move forward. This is a parliament.”

Senator Obinna Ogba also appealed that the hearing be suspended.

“Having heard what the IGP said, I have seen some documents we need to study. I want to appeal to the chairman to give us time to study the documents and invite the IGP later,” he said.

Senators Joshua Lidani, Suleiman Hukunyi, Abdulaziz Nyako and Nelson Effiong who also spoke, called for an adjournment. 

Lidani said: “I think it makes sense for us to study the documents. From the chairman’s reaction, it appears the preliminary objections will not be entertained. We have just been served this documents. We will study it. We will determine if you have been able to address the issues raised. 

“Senator Misau raised the issue because he said his privileges were abused. It was not a public petition. We need time to look at the documents you submitted. If the issues are not adequately addressed, we will call you again. If there is no need, we will not call you. We are not witch-hunting anybody.”

Effiong, on his part, noted: “The IGP is an appointee of the president. Whatever the IGP does speaks volumes of the person of the president. Let us adjourn to look at the documents.”

Hukunyi remarked: “I think some key points have been highlighted, which I completely align with. One of them is the possibility of adjourning this meeting. He has read his own side, rightly or wrongly. The lawyer to the IGP may have to review some of the things he said. He said virement is a criminal offence. He is wrong. The executive is aware of this fact. It has been raised that part of the responsibility of this committee goes beyond the issues that are now in court. With due respect, as high as your office is, the nature of the issues raised is not good for the IGP or the Senate. These issues need to be cleared. This is the reason this committee was put in place.’

Senator Nyako added: “I think all of us should understand that the attitude here is not us versus them. We are not here to witch-hunt the executive. There are issues that have been raised. We need to address these allegations. At the end of the day, the police may even benefit more from this. We will study your documents and address the issues.”

Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, told the committee that the presidency would explore a multi-door option in resolving the issue. 

“We are glad for the warm reception. We are not here out of honour. We are here out of constitutional provisions. We respect the job and powers of the legislature. We thank you for inviting us. We also appreciate what you have said, that you want to have an adjournment. I am hoping that this adjournment will pursue other multi-door options to resolve this issues,” he said.

Alimikhena adjourned the committee’s sitting indefinitely. He, however, said the Senate has the power to entertain virement, saying the issue had nothing to do with the court.

“Coming here is your duty. When you are summoned by the parliament, you must come. It is a not a favour,” he said.

. I want to tell you that the issue of virement is the function of the parliament. It is not something that should be handled by the court.

This committee came up before you went to court. The court is interfering with our committee. If we need you again, you will respond,” he concluded.

In a related development, hundreds of protesters yesterday took over the entrance of the National Assembly to show solidarity with the IGP Idris.

The convener of the protest, Gloria Ugbeji, said such solidarity march was important based on the various reforms the police chief had brought to the service.

She said it was important for IGP Idris to be “left alone to focus on what he is doing.”   (The Sun)

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BREAKING: IGP Ibrahim Idris Leaves For Senate To Honour Invitation |RN

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From Molly Kilete, Abuja

Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, is right now on his way to the National Assembly to honor the invitation by the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating compromise allegations against him and the Police Service Commission (PSC).

The IGP who has just concluded a meeting with some selected state commissioners of police over the forthcoming governorship elections in Anambra State is accompanied by members of the Police Management Team and an officer from the public relations department.

The Senate had on October 16 summoned the IGP to appear before it’s panel to respond to allegations against him by Senator Isah Misau.

Chairman of the committee, Francis Alimikhena, had threatened to issue a warrant of arrest of the IGP, after he failed to appear before it last Wednesday.

Police officers attached to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, have blocked journalists covering the Senate from gaining access to the venue of the ongoing probe of the police boss by a Senate adhoc committee.

The journalists, numbering over 15, were barred when they attempted to gain access to the venue, despite being officially invited by the adhoc committee.   (The Sun)

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Senate Threatens To Arrest IGP, Ibrahim Idris |The Republican News

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From FRED ITUA, Abuja
Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, may be arrested next week, if he fails to appear before the adhoc committee investigating allegations against the Police and the Police Service Commission (PSC).
Chairman of the adhoc committee, Senator Francis Alimikhena, said the IGP was summoned on the October 16 to appear before the panel to respond to allegations made against him by Senator Isah Hamman Misau.
Quoting Section 89 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, Alimikhena said nobody, including law courts can stop the Senate from carrying out its constitutional duties. He said the separation of powers guaranteed by law, makes it explicit.    (The Sun)

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