Reports have disclosed that the Government of Nigeria has filed a seven-count charge case against the Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Isah Hamma Misau before the Federal High Court in Abuja on allegations of peddling “injurious falsehood” against Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, the Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), Mike Okiro and the Nigeria Police Force.
The Federal Government through the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami accused Misau of depositing false particulars with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2011 and 2015 respectively.
The charges filed against the Bauchi Central Senator yesterday include: fake “personal particulars of persons seeking election to the office/membership of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (INEC Form C.F.001/2011)”, and a similar document for 2015 election (INEC Form C.F.2015).
Others are: “A statutory declaration of age, deposed to at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja in December 2014” and “Bauchi State Health Management Board Birth Certificate Registration No: 28799”.
From the foregoing according to the plaintiff, Misau is therefore alleged to have committed offences punishable under Section 1(2)(C) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap 17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same Section of the Act.
It could be recalled that Senator Isah Hamma Misau had in August precisely Friday, 25th leveled weighty allegations against the Inspector-General of Police and the Police Service Commission under the chairmanship of Mike Okiro, a former IGP.
Misau had accused the IGP of collecting inducements ranging from N10m to N15m from Commissioners of Police, State Mobile Commanders and Special Protection Units (SPU) Commanders for favourable postings aside engaging in promotion racketeering at the Commission.
He also alleged that the IGP makes up to N10bn monthly from oil companies, banks and private individuals who enjoy special protection from the security agency.
His allegations prompted a reaction from the Nigerian Police who dismissed his allegations with a counter allegation calling him a deserter.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood on Sunday, August 27th attacked the senator, accusing him of deserting the Police Force in 2010 upon his redeployment to Niger State Command.
Moshood averred that Misau still being a police officer should not be addressed as a Senator claiming that the resignation letter being paraded by him was forged and called for investigation.
However, on Monday, August 28th, Senator Misau in a press release signed by him termed the Police reactions as “cheap propaganda to obfuscate the real issue” and pondered why the “real issue” which concerns “illegal promotion in the Police force and its potential to undermine operational capacity of the Force’ were abandoned.
“The Inspector-General of Police and the Chairman, Police Service Commission should proof me wrong and not embark on voyage of discovery’, he said.
While insisting that he followed due process in his resignation, Misau wondered why the Police knowing his whereabouts was yet to arrest him especially as he has been in the public space for over two years.
“Moreover, I have been in the Senate for about two and half years without any mention of my deserting until my innocuous caution against practices capable of destroying the Police Force.
“It is beyond curiosity that the Police would be looking for someone clearly in plain sight for these past years. Little wonder the proliferation of crime in the country and the Police apparent cluelessness, especially, under the current leadership of the IGP”, Misau had remarked.
Sometime last month, the Senator was invited by the Police Service Commission. An invitation he failed to honour.
Notwithstanding, Chairman, PSC, Mike Okiro in a telephone interview on Raypower ‘Political Platform” said the Commission had verified that Senator Misau resigned properly based on documents in their possession but added that had the Senator honoured the Commission’s invitation, they would have verified the documents he has with the ones in their possession.