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IGP Finally Before Senate Committee Investigating His Alleged Corruption

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris finally appeared yesterday before the Senate Ad-hoc committee investigating the alleged corruption and abuse of office leveled against him by Senator Isa Misau. Idris who was accompanied by senior police officers and his legal Advisers told the senators that he would not answer any question as the matter was in court. Quoting Order 41(7) and 53(5) of the Senate standing rule, the IGP maintained that the Senate cannot interfere or make a pronouncement on a matter that was already in court.

 

Our Correspondent, Raliat Adenekan reports that Counsel to the IGP, Mr Alex Izyon (SAN) in addition said the committee’s investigations would amount to sub-judice as the matter was already before a court of law. Izyon urged members of the committee to study the documents earlier submitted to them by the IGP. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Francis Alimikhena noted that the matter was already before the committee before the IGP approached the court.

 

Sen. Alimikhena however insisted that the IGP must appear at a later date, as the committee would carry on with some of the investigations after studying the documents submitted by the IGP. He reiterated that the court could not prevent the committee from carrying out its constitutional duty of investigation.

 

It would be recalled that Sen. Isa Misau, Bauch-APC had petitioned the committee to invited Mr. Idris to answer questions on allegations of fund diversion, official impropriety and other corrupt practices levelled against him as well as issues of virement in 2016 and 2017 appropriation act among others.

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