Battle…IGP Pleads That Court Should Stop Senate From Investigating Him

The Inspector General of police, Ibrahim Idris, filed a suit before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja, seeking an order restraining the Senate from investigating him.

The Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isah Misau, had alleged that Idris collected about N10bn monthly from some firms and highly-placed Nigerians for giving them security cover.

Misau a ex-police officer before he was elected to the Senate and is now the Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy.

Some months back, the Senator accused Idris of extorting money, ranging from N10m to N15m, from Commissioners of Police, State Mobile Commanders and Special Protection Units Commanders, for favourable posting.

IGP, had denied the allegations and alleged that Misau was a deserter.

Idris, in a fundamental rights enforcement suit marked FCT/HC/CV/3158/17, asked the court to declare both the Senate Committee, set up to probe the allegations and the conduct of the committee as unconstitutional, null and void.

The police boss also wants the court to make an order stopping the committee from inviting him, sitting, conducting any hearing on the allegation, discussing or making any report in respect of the planned investigation pending the determination of his suit.

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki had mandated the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the circumstances surrounding Misau’s disengagement from the Nigeria Police.

Through his team of lawyers, led by Charles Ogolu, Idris contended that the Senate President, without regard to relevant constitutional requirements in respect of the role of the Senate in investigations of allegations, set up the committee ‘in reaction to ‘these frivolous allegations “by Misau.

The IG said in his suit, “The applicant is a law – abiding citizen and has 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.

“The applicant occupies a hallowed office of the inspector – General of Police in Nigeria and is thus in charge of all police officers in Nigeria.

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