IG Seeks To Restrain Senate From Probing Him

Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police, has filed a suit restraining the Senate and its President, Bukola Saraki, from probing him for allegedly receiving N120 billion in bribe.  He had been accused by Isah Misau, senator representing Bauchi Central, of collecting N10 billion monthly from private firms and individuals for protecting them. He also accused Idris of granting fraudulent promotions to undeserving police operatives.

He also accused Idris of extorting money, ranging from N10 million to N15 million, from Commissioners of Police, State Mobile Commanders and Special Protection Units Commanders, for favourable postings.

Idris, in his fundamental rights enforcement suit asked the court to declare the Senate committee, set up to probe the allegations and the conduct of the committee as unconstitutional, null and void. He also wants the court to make an order restraining the committee from inviting him, sitting, conducting any hearing on the allegation, discussing or making any report in respect of the planned investigation pending the determination of his suit.

“The applicant is a law-abiding citizen and has fundamental right to dignity of person under Section 34 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) (as amended), and Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act.

“The applicant occupies a hallowed office as the Inspector-General of Police in Nigeria and is thus in charge of all police officers in Nigeria.

“One Senator Isa Misau, a member of the 2nd respondent (Senate), while raising a matter of urgent national importance, had sometime between September and October 2017, alleged that the applicant instituted roadblocks across Nigeria with the purpose of extorting money from unsuspecting motorists.

“The said Senator, while commenting on his motion, equally alleged that the applicant collects illegal fees by way of security protection given to corporate organisations, eminent citizens and oil companies running into billions of naira.

“The said Senator equally rained a personal attack on the person of the applicant that the applicant is having unwholesome relationship with the female officers in the force.

“Without the 1st respondent (Saraki), having regard to the relevant constitutional requirements in respect of the 2nd respondent’s role in investigations of allegations, he, in reaction to these frivolous allegations, quickly constituted a committee consisting members of the 2nd Respondent to look into the matter,” the suit read in part.

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