Police IG Idris: Court can’t stop your probe, appear before panel – Saraki

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, Thursday urged the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris that the court does not have power to stop his probe.

Saraki insisted that the police Boss must obey the law and appear before the panel to open up on the allegations hanging around his neck.

The committee had invited Mr. Idris to answer questions on allegations of fund diversion, official impropriety and other corrupt practices leveled against him by Isa Misau, Bauch-APC as well as issues of virement in 2016 and 2017 appropriation act among others.

Idris had, on Wednesday, failed to appear before the committee, and had written through his lawyer, Alex Iziyon (SAN), informing the committee that his appearance would be subjudice as there were pending cases in court on the matter.

The Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee to Investigate the various allegations leveled against the Police, Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission, Senator Francis Alimikhena, who raised a point of order at the plenary on Thursday, informed the lawmakers that his panel would not stop the probe as requested by Idris’ lawyers but had rather invited the police boss afresh.

Saraki said, “As the chief law enforcing officer, we will expect that he should know what the law is and he should know that there has been many judgements on this. It is clearly stated that he cannot stop the Senate from appearing and doing its job.
“He’s best advised to follow the law and ensure that he has nothing to hide and appear like anyone else before the committee.”

“The letter from Iziyon cannot stop the committee from performing its constitutional role. The committee therefore resolved accordingly to, once again, invite the Inspector General of Police to appear before the committee on Tuesday, 7th of November, 2017, unfailingly.”

Hamman Misau accused Ibrahim Idris for extra marital affairs with one Amina and another Esther, but eventually wedded Amina secretly in Kaduna after being impregnated.

He told the senate, “As a former Police officer, I can say authoritatively that it is wrong for an officer to have a relationship with female Police officer because of the nature of that work”

that Police is a non profit generating organisation, but there were instances where officers were posted to oil and other multinational Companies for fees. He said the IGP never remit those monies into the federation account.

he faulted the manner which promotion of officers were being handled by the current IGP of Police, adding that officers pay as much as N500,000 to get promoted.

Misau sought the intervention of Senate to look at the situations, where single powerful individuals could have close to 30 Police officer guarding them, while commoners living in communities do not have police around them.

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