Senate Cannot Probe Me – IGP
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday gave reasons why the Senate cannot investigate him over alleged corruption.
The Police boss made his position known in a letter he sent to the Senate Panel investigating various allegations leveled against him and the Police Service Commission.
Idris claimed that appearing before the committee on a matter before a court is sub-judice.
The IGP was expected to appear before the committee on Wednesday, but sent a letter through his lawyer, Alex A. lziiyon.
The letter reads: “We have been briefed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr. Ibrahim K Idris NPM, mni herein after referred to as client and we have his firm and unequivocal instructions to reply and/or respond to your letter dated 26th October, 2017 with Ref Not NASS/85/ADCOPI/IO/VOL I/COI on the above subject matter.
“We have perused the contents of the said letter and terms of reference and it is our instruction to reply in the terms hereunder.
“While we hold the distinguished chairman and members of the said Ad Hoc Committee in the highest regard in the discharge of its constitutional duties under the constitution, we venture to bring to your kind notice facts which will make it imperative for your adhoc committee to stand down the said investigation for now or put it in complete abeyance.
“We noticed that these allegations were made by one Senator lsah H. Misau to the Senate which prompted her to constitute the said Ad Hoc Committee to investigate the allegations.
“The reasons why this Ad Hoc Committee cannot and should not proceed with the said investigation are outlined hereunder.
“There are two criminal charges pending before both the Federal High Court of Nigeria. Abuja and the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“The Federal Republic of Nigeria VS Senator Isah Hammed Misau Charge No, lHC/ABJ/CR/I 70/2017. 771129 cn’zm’nal case has been slated for 7th November; 2017. For ease of reference and further guidance a copy of the said charge is annexed hereto as Annexed hereto as Annexure A.
“The Federal Republic of Nigeria VS Senator Isah Hamman Misau, Charge No. CR/345/I7. This case has commenced and the said defendant was arraigned and the matter adjourned to 29th of November, 2017 for trial. For ease of reference and better appreciation. a copy is annexed hereto as Annexure ‘B’. You will observe from the 5 areas of investigation vis items 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 of your terms are covered in the said count charges.
“One does not need a star gazer to see that the gamut of these allegations are sub-judice and for trial before the High Court of Justice Federal Capital Territory. which constitutionally under Section 6 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) is vested with such adjudicatory power in the circumstances.
“Suit No CW3/3158/I 7 is a civil matter before the High Court of Justice Federal Capital Territory in the matter of an application by Mr. Ibrahim Idris for an order of Enforcement of his fundamental right to wit….”
It can be recalled that Idris’s problem started with Senate when Misau accused him and the Police Service Commission of corruption and gross misconduct.