Francesca Iwambe- Abuja
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has approached the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory with a motion praying the court to restrain the Senate Committee from going ahead with its planned investigation into the allegations of corruption against him.
The IGP is also praying the court to restrain the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the entire Senate from receiving and discussing any report submitted to it by the Committee set up to investigate the allegations against him by Senator Isah Misau(APC-Bauchi).
The Senate had set up an eight-man ad hoc committee to investigate allegations of corruption brought against the Inspector General of Police by Senator Misau. The Senate also mandated its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate police allegations against Senator Misau, and present its findings to the House.
However, in the fundamental rights enforcement suit, which was filed by lawyers to the IGP, Charles Ogoli, Emmanuel Anene and Solomon Ayangkong Ikongshul, Idris is praying an over restraining the president of the senate and the entire Senate from receiving and discussing any report submitted to it by the committee set up to investigate the allegations against him pending the determination of the suit.
Joined as parties in the suit are Senate President Saraki and the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The IGP stated 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 also stated 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 also stated that Misau accused him of having “unwholesome relationship with female officers in the force.”
He stated further 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 in reaction to these frivoluous allegations quickly constituted a committee consisting members of the 2nd Respondent to look into the matter.”
Meanwhile, no date has been fixed the hearing of the suit.