Saraki wants Senate to investigate Misau's IGP corruption claims
There was palpable tension on Thursday, as Senate President, Bukola Saraki, called on the Senate to investigate the allegations raised by Senator Isah Misau, against the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
Saraki made the call through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, on Thursday.
Misau who is the Chairman Senate Committee on Navy, had accused Ibrahim Idris of taking bribe to post Officers, as well as diverting monies paid by private companies for Police duties.
The Police in reaction had however, declared Misau a deserter, and accused him of carrying about a forged retirement letter.
Nonetheless, the Police Service Commission on Wednesday confirmed that the retirement letter of the Senator from the Force, was authentic.
In a swift reaction, Saraki’s Aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, declared: “Senator Misau may have to consider seeking redress. The Senate should also look into the allegations.
“We have been talking about this very familiar pattern. When a MDA or government institution is accused of wrongdoing or initiating a wrong policy, instead of facing the facts, they resort to blackmail. This has backfired.
“Since the FPRO spoke on Raypower, saying the allegation of companies paying for Police protection was false, the station has been inundated with documents sent by people who were in charge of such payments in the companies they used to work, to prove that payments are being made.
“In any case, banks and oil companies do not pay huge amounts of money like that without vouchers being raised, and these are trails that can be followed. Sen. Misau has always said his motivation was for those payments to be made official, and harnessed into resources that the Police could tap into for re-equipping and re-tooling.”
“The Senate should simply investigate the issues raised by Misau, and put the outcome in the public domain, just as they did on the suspended SGF. It is left for the President to act on it or ignore it. Whatever action the President takes, will form part of the portfolio for the anti-corruption fight. At least, there is a suggestion that the suspended SGF may still come back”, Olaniyonu stated.