By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA – The Federal Government, on Monday, re-arraigned Senator Isah Misau before an Abuja High Court at Maitama over corruption allegations he levelled against the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr. Ibrahim Idris.
Misau who is representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, pleaded not guilty to an amended seven-count charge.
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 accused the lawmaker of making “injurious falsehood” against the IGP.
It listed some of the “injurious falsehood” the defendant made, 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 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, FG, through the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, maintained that the defendant had by his utterances, committed an offence contrary to Section 393(1) of the Penal Code.
Meanwhile, after he entered his plea, the Chief Judge of the high court, Justice Ishaq Bello, allowed Misau to go home on previous bail conditions that were handed to him by the court.
The court had on October 19, 2017, granted the defendant bail to the tune of N5million.
Before Justice Bello adjourned the case till February 22 for hearing, the prosecution counsel, Dr. Alex Iziyon, SAN, notified the court of FG’s decision to compel Channels Television to produce some of the evidence it would rely upon during the trial.
Iziyon said the prosecution would apply for a subpoena to be issued for the TV station to adduce video recordings of the interview session where Misau raised sundry allegations against the IGP.
Similarly, the embattled lawmaker earlier informed the court that he would equally apply for subpoena to be issued for the IGP to appear and be cross-examined as a witness in the matter.
Meanwhile, two of the charges against Misau read: “That you Isah Hamman Misau of Hamman Misau Residence, Turaki Street, Misau, Bauchi State on or about 26th August, 2017 at Abuja and other part of Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, did make a false statement of fact to wit: that the Inspector-General of Police is scoring high marks by making almost half of the mobile commanders in the country, people of his Nupe extraction which said false statement of fact was published in the This Day Newspaper and The Punch Newspaper both dated 26th August, 2017, knowing that such false statement of fact would harm the reputation of Mr. Ibrahim Kpotun Idris (the serving Inspector-General of Police) and the Nigeria Police Force and you thereby committed an offence.
“That you Isah Hamman Misau of Hamman Misau Residence, Turaki Street, Misau, Bauchi State on or about 26th August, 2017 at Abuja and other part on Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did make a false statement of fact wit: that the incumbent Inspector-General of Police, based on available records, series of petitions and reports from insiders, has no capacity to run the Police just like the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Rtd IGP Mike Okiro, who also lacks similar capacity going N300 million scam and others hanging on his neck since 2011 during the presidential primary election of the People’s Democratic Party where he served as the head of the security committee which said false statement of fact was published in the Thisday Newspaper and the Punch Newspaper both dated 26th August, 2017 knowing that such false statement of fact would harm the reputation of Mr. Ibrahim Kpotun Idris (the serving Inspector-General of Police), Rtd IGP Mike Okiro, the Nigeria Police Force and the Police Service Commission and you thereby committed an offence”.