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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Corruption allegations: IGP wants court to stop his investigation

Corruption allegations: IGP wants court to stop his investigation

Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has initiated move to block his planned investigation by the Senate in relation to allegations of corruption and unethical conduct leveled against by Senator Isa Misau.

He has filed a suit before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to that effect. He listed the Senate and its President, Bukola Saraki as respondents in the suit.

The IGP, the fundamental rights enforcement suit, seeks among others, an order restraining the committee, set up by the senate for the investigation of allegations against him, from hearing or taking a decision.

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Idris also wants the court to restrain the Senate President and the entire Senate from receiving and discussing any report submitted to it by the committee set up to investigate the allegations against him.

The IGP stated, in a supporting affidavit, 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 purpose of extorting money from unsuspecting motorists.

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

Idris claimed that Misau accused him of having “unwholesome relationship with female officers in the force.”

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The IGP stated that, “Without the 1st respondent having regard to the relevant constitutional requirements in respect of the 2nd respondent’s role in investigations of allegations, he (Saraki), in reaction to these frivolous allegations, quickly constituted a committee consisting of members of the 2nd respondent to look into the matter.”

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