EDITORIAL: Our position on Senator Misau and IGP altercation

EDITORIAL: Our position on Senator Misau and IGP altercation

The rift between the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Isah Hamma Misau (APC, Bauchi) and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has sent tongues wagging among the citizenry on the veracity or otherwise of the profuse allegations emerging from both sides.

The rift started on August 10 when Misau, a former Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), alleged that police officers paid N2.5million to benefit from special promotion.

Misau further alleged the police boss allegedly received N10 billion monthly from oil companies and other private individuals who enjoy special protection from the security agency. The police boss was also accused of having illicit affairs with female officers and arranging a secret marriage with one ASP Amina whom he allegedly promoted over her superiors as a reward for her illicit relationship with him.

Reacting to the allegations, Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said Misau should not be taken serious as, according to him, “Senator Isah Hamman Misau dubiously absconded and deserted the Nigeria Police Force on September 24, 2010, when he was redeployed to Niger State Command and he refused to report. Interestingly, the Force investigation of ‘deserted’ Misau’s alleged forgery of resignation has crumbled like a pack of cards as the Police Service Commission cleared the senator of the alleged forgery of resignation letter.

It is against this background that AljazirahNigeria calls for proper investigation of the allegations and counter allegations on both parties, while tasking the Federal government to ensure that anyone found wanting be brought to book.

The Federal Government and its various anti-corruption agencies have maintained a deafening silence since claims and counter-claims over Misau’s disturbing allegations that the country’s number one police chief pockets N10 billion monthly as payment for private security services rendered by the police to corporate organisations and Very Important Persons (VIPs).

It is also curious that despite the declaration of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, that corruption war is total, no single word had been heard from the agency and its leadership about the raging corruption allegation against the police hierarchy.

It is also disturbing that the nation’s chief law officer, Abubakar Malami (SAN), is yet to initiate any probe panel on the allegations raised against the police IG.

This development must also attract the attention of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) as the Senator’s allegations against the police are strong enough, if not handled with all seriousness, to discredit the Police Force.

AljazirahNigeria opines that all the allegations are not to be swept under the carpet as agencies expected to swing into action should not treat it with kid gloves. Nonetheless, all hands must be on deck to get to the bottom of the matter, irrespective of the status of the personalities involved.

We also urge the Senate to be fair in its investigation on the subject matter. The Senate had on October 4, 2017, resolved to probe into Misau’s allegations bordering on corruption and misconduct against Idris. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, also mandated the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Misau’s disengagement from the Nigeria Police.

AljazirahNigeria further calls on members of the public to maintain peace and order while the investigation is on-going.