By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA – Senator Isah Misau who was accused of making “injurious falsehood” against the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr. Ibrahim Idris and the Nigerian Police Force, on Tuesday, said he was ready to appear in court to defend himself.
Misau who is representing Bauchi Central Senatorial Zone, in a statement that was signed by his lawyer, Chief Godwin Obla, SAN, said he was not scared of the two sets of criminal charges FG preferred against him before the Federal High Court in Abuja and the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.
Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Justice Ishaq Bello had on Monday declined to order Misau’s arrest, though he directed the Attorney General of the Federation to serve a copy of the charge on the lawmaker.
Justice Bello subsequently adjourned the matter till Thursday to take plea of the defendant in respect of five-count charge FG entered against him before the court.
Meanwhile, in the statement he made available to newsmen, Misua, through his lawyer, said he was being prosecuted for calling for the probe of the Office of the IGP over his alleged involvement in corrupt practices.
He commended the court for turning down what he termed “obvious unlawful application to issue warrant of arrest”, and for directing the prosecuting authority to appropriately serve a copy of the charge on him.
Obla wondered why FG chose not to serve a copy of the charge sheet on an accused person whose particulars of residential and work place addresses are well known.
The statement reads in part: “The morning of 17th of October, 2017, however resolved every unlikely doubt that could have inured in favour of the prosecution in this saga when on being briefed by the distinguished Senator to represent him at the trial. The Distinguished Senator, in line with our counsel, visited the registry of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and magnanimously undertook to receive service of the copy of the charge, even though, the prosecution ought to bear that burden, but was shocked to the marrow that no one copy was left in the file of the court for service on the accused person, corroborating thereby our earlier assertion of a strategic step at another gestapo operation in the offing.
“Except for interests other than the ends of justice underlying the pending charge against Senator Hamma Misau, we hereby call on the prosecution to play its prosecutorial cards face up, as we shall gladly love to meet them in court to articulate our robust defence against the obviously spurious allegations against the distinguished senator.
“As if the palpable odium of intiating a vacuous criminal charge against a whistle-blower, no less a person than a distinguished senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was not bad enough, the prosecuting authority, obviously urged on by the Inspector General of Police, threw pretension to adherence to democratic tenets of the rule of law when it sought from the court, albeit most illegally, to obtain summons against Senator Misau, while deliberately witholding service of the copy of the charge on the Senator, an obvious stratagem conceived to frame up all manner of false allegations tailored to suit the obvious purpose of yet another gestapo strategy to use state powers to swoop on the Distinguished Senator and keep him out of circulation”.
The charge marked FCT/HC/CR/345/2017, was a direct fallout of allegations Misau who himself is a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, raised against the IGP.
FG listed some of the “injurious falsehood” to include allegations that police officers paid as much as N2.5million to get special promotion and posting through the Police Service Commission.
Misau was also charged for alleging that the police boss diverted money meant for the purchase of Armoured Personnel Carriers, Sport Utility Vehicles and other exotic cars.
He was said to have falsely accused the IGP of making almost half of the mobile commanders in the country the people of his Nupe extraction.
The lawmaker, aside accusing the IGP of instituting roadblocks accross Nigeria with the purpose of extorting money from unsuspecting motorists, equally alleged that the police boss had sexual affair with female police officers.
Misau further alleged that the IGP collects illegal fees by way of security protections given to corporate organizations, eminent citizens and oil companies running into billions of Naira.
However, the AGF, in the charge, maintained that the the lawmaker, by his action, committed offences contrary to Section 393(1) of the Penal Code.
While refusing the AGF’s application for a summon to be issued against Misau, Justice Bello, said there was no evidence before the court to show that the defendant had at any time, evaded service of the charge on him.