The Senate, yesterday, set up an eight-member Adhoc Committee to investigate allegations of corruption, nepotism, and misuse of office levelled against the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, by Senator Isah Misau (APC, Bauchi Central).
The committee, chaired by Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena (APC, Edo North), has as members Senators Joshua Lidani (PDP, Gombe South); Binta Masi Garba (APC, Adamawa North); Suleiman Hunkuyi (APC, Kaduna North); and Nelson Effiong (APC, Akwa Ibom South).
Others are Obinna Ogba (Ebonyi Central); Duro Faseyi (PDP, Ekiti); and Abdulaziz Murtala Nyako, The committee is also to investigate the IGP on alleged misappropriation of funds, illegal promotion, posting of senior officers and claims that he impregnated a female police officer.
The decisions of the Senate were sequel to a point of order raised by Senator Misau, yesterday, during plenary when he accused the Inspector- General of Police of diverting funds meant for the purchase of Armoured Personnel Carriers, APCs, to buy luxury vehicles. Meanwhile, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, also mandated the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, led by Samuel Anyanwu, to investigate claims by the IGP that Misau deserted the police force, just as the committee was given two weeks to report back. Saraki said: “We have listened to our colleague and we cannot ignore the allegations.
We have a duty to fight corruption. These matters are weighty; we will set up an adhoc committee to investigate this allegations and report back to the Senate “The adhoc committee we set up will deal with all the allegations about misappropriation of funds made against the IGP. We will refer the other issues about personal misconduct against the IGP to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to for investigations.” It would be recalled that the fight between Misau and the Inspector- General of Police started in August, when the senator claimed that police officers paid bribes to get favourable postings and promotions. But the Police hierarchy, through the Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, dismissed the claims as unfounded and that he was only out to discredit the institution. Jimoh also alleged that Senator Misau deserted the Force and would soon be declared wanted to respond to a disciplinary committee set up to probe him.
Presenting his point of order, Misau noted that the IGP was yet to respond to all the allegations he made against him. Misau, who noted that he had been having a running battle with the IGP over his concern on the level of corruption in the Nigeria Police Force, said it became imperative for him to bring the matter before the Senate because the matter had been in public domain for some weeks.