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Corruption allegations: IG urges court to stop Senate probe

13 Octobre 2017

In a suit he instituted before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Idris is praying for an order restraining the Senate and Saraki from going ahead with their plan to investigate his alleged malpractices in the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).

Others joined in the suit filed on his behalf yesterday by his lawyers Charles Ogoli, Emmanuel Anene and Solomon Ayangkong Ikongshul, include Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The police had declared Misau a deserter after he accused the IGP of collecting money from police officers before they are posted.

The IG had denied these allegations while the Force Headquarters had accused Misau of leaving the force with forged retirement papers.

He had argued that the level of corruption being perpetrated by Idris was so alarming and capable of undermining the anti-corruption stance of President Muhammadu Buhari.

"The applicant occupies a hallowed office as the Inspector-General of Police in Nigeria and is thus in charge of all police officers in Nigeria".

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The IG, in a supporting affidavit, stated that one Senator Isa Misau, while raising matter of urgent national importance between September and October, 2017, accused him of mounting road blocks across Nigeria with the goal of extorting money from unsuspecting motorists.

He also stated that the said senator in the motion, also accused him of collecting illegal fees by way of security protection given to corporate organisations, eminent citizens and oil companies running into billions of naira.

The senator is also accused of making false statements that police officers pay N2.5 million to get special promotion and posting and also claiming that N10 billion is being received by Idris from oil companies and banks.

Meanwhile, the federal government about two days ago, filed criminal charges against Senator Misau.

"A declaration that the sitting and other conduct of such constituted committee to investigate the allegations against Mr. Idris are unconstitutional, null and void".

This had sparked up controversies across the country with the police boss investigating the corruption allegations in the force, and the Senate also setting up an ad hoc committee to investigate the allegations against the IGP.

Corruption allegations: IG urges court to stop Senate probe