WHY POLICE CAN’T ARREST SENATOR MISAU – CSO
WHY POLICE CAN’T ARREST SENATOR MISAU – CSO
The Executive Secretary of the United Global Resolve for Peace (UGRP) Barrister Pelumi Olajengbesi has accused the Nigeria Police of recklessness and abuse of office in declaring Senator Isah Haman Misau wanted.
He said in a statement that it is crucial not to overlook the latest press release from the Nigeria Police Force and that it calls for reproach and drastic disciplinary action against the IGP by the government.
“For the discerning minds who are familiar with the trends in the Nigerian political space, the coincindence in this Nollywood-styled script is all too familiar. The Nigeria Police Force waited for a period of about seven years to identify, rectify and release a statement on the alleged and supposed desertion from duty of Senator Misau and coincidentally for same to be happening after the opening of the cankerworm of corruption breeding in the Police as the Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy and member of the Committees on Police Affairs and Intelligence, condemned what he described as “series of fraudulent practices in the running of the Nigerian Police” leaves a lot to be desired.
“Assuming without conceding that Senator Misau is a deserting officer of the Police Force, the same Police organisation has at all times till now provided him with the requisite security attachee all through his campaigns till his service in the hallowed chamber of the Senate. It is either the Police Force has an acute case of” selective investigative amnesia” or it deliberately choose to ignore this allegation till now.
“This same Police Force has before now on numerous occasions appeared before the Senator in his capacity as member of the Police Committee for various legislative oversight including the budget defence for the Police Force, submitting to his authority without raising or identifying any irregularity as to his membership of the Senate and the committee,” Olajengbesi said.
He said Section 398 of the Nigerian Police Regulations pursuant to Section 46 of the Police Act is clear that the offence of desertion applies only to non-commisioned officers defined in Regulation 273(3) to be officers under the rank of Cadet Inspector, as the only punishment is dismissal without honour.
He said the issue of desertion is peculiar to the Force and any penalty to be applied must be and can only be restricted to the Nigeria Police hierarchy.
He said: “We thus give one candid piece of advice to the Nigeria Police Force: Instead of exasperating it’s strength on intimidating or threatening the person of Senator Misau, the Police should come clean on his disclosure and focus on the matters raised therein without resorting to the present diversionary game of political hide-and-seek.
RIBADU’S CURIOUS PROMOTION STARTED MASSIVE CORRUPTION IN POLICE – MISAU
Isah Misau, senator representing Bauchi central, says the “curious promotion” of Nuhu Ribadu, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was the beginning of a “massive scale” corruption in the police.
Misau said Ribadu was promoted from the position of an assistant commissioner of police to assistant inspector-general of police within two years.
He said although Parry Osanyande, the then chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), reversed it, the trend returned during the tenure of Mike Okiro and Mohammed Dikko Abubakar.
He said the situation has resulted in low morale amongst police officers.
“The use of special promotion on a massive, corrupt scale started with the curious promotion of the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and 133 others,” the senator said.
“This officer was promoted from assistant commissioner of police to assistant inspector general of police within a space of two years by the former IGP, Mr. Sunday Ehindero, and the situation was however remedied by Mr. Parry Osanyande, the then chairman of the PSC who reversed all such promotions.
“Rather unfortunately, this trend bounced back during the tenure of Mr. Mike Okiro through the period of MD Abubakar, Suleiman Abba and assumed the worst dimension under the tenure of Solomon Arase.
“The Police Service Commission appears to have abandoned its core mandate of recruitment, training, discipline and retirement of officers to engage exclusively in promotion racketeering. The abuse of office has not only worsened corruption in the force but has bred animosity among officers, especially those passed over.
“Some officers so promoted find it hard to give orders to their subordinates, who in actual fact are their superiors.”
The senator who accused Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), of collecting money from police officers before they are given special promotion, further said, “All officers in the Nigeria Police Force are also guided by civil service rules. Within these rules, promotions are based on merit.
“But most of the special promotions you have in the police today are given to policemen attached to politicians and other VIPs.”
SENATOR ISA MISAU WAS RIGHT
A very reliable source who work in the Admin department at UBA head office in Marina, Lagos said he laughed all through yesterday while watching the spokesperson of the Police, Jimoh Moshood defending the allegation of fraud slammed against his organization by an APC senator from Bauchi State, Isah Misau.
The source said he never knew police could deny the allegation.
He said his firm pays police over #25m monthly for securing their branch premises across the nation during the working hours.
He said “No bank pays less than #10m to police monthly. GTB pays #27m. The number of branches each bank has determines the amount they pay. From banks alone they makes about #1bn monthly. The Senator did not give out an accurate answer. Police makes more than #10bn monthly from corporate organizations and VIPs.” He said.
Asked how police shares the money, he said “the officers guiding our premises are paid from it but the large chunk of the cash is shared between the DPOs, ACPs, DCPs, AIGs, DIGs and the IG.
“The police carrying bullion vans and those securing our branches are paid #10,000 allowance monthly by our bank excluding their statutory salary from the police” he concluded.
Well, My advise to the police authority is to avoid further public discussion on this case and settle amicably with Senator Isa Misau.
The allegation of disserting the Police force made against the Senator Isa Misau is a PR felony against the Nigerian Police. It has failed to fly.
Investigative Journalists from different media platforms have taken over the matter. Some are already sourcing for the hard copy of the annual budget of some corporate organizations to know how much the police gets monthly and annually.
Police declares Senator Misau wanted, says he is still in Force
The Nigeria Police has asked a serving Senator to return to service on the grounds that he did not legitimately resign from the Force.
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Senator Isa Hamman Misau is being wanted by the police for alleged forgery and desertion from the Police.
The Police in Nigeria is insisting that Misau is still a Policeman and should not be a Senator.
Misau is currently representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
On Friday, Sen Misau, who is Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy and member of the Committees on Police Affairs and Intelligence, condemned what he described as “series of fraudulent practices in the running of the Nigerian Police”.
Addressing National Assembly Correspondents on Friday, Senator Misau, who is a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said that a high level of corruption had been noticed in the handling of monies allegedly being collected by the police as payment for special security services rendered by the Police to corporate bodies, oil firms and highly placed citizens in the country.
The lawmaker also accused the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, of extorting money from Commissioners of Police, State Mobile Commanders and SPU Commanders.
But the Police spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood has asked the general public and indeed the Senate to dismiss statements credited to Senator Misau, saying everything he said about the IGP and the Police are false.
According to Moshood, Senator Misau is “a habitual and unrepentant liar.”
“His real name in the Police is DSP Mohammed Isa Hamman, with Police number AP No. 57300. He is still a Police Officer and not a Senator because his name is still in the Police Service.
“Senate will do the nation good by asking him to return to the Nigeria Police Force to face disciplinary committee and answer all the charges bordering on serious misconduct, unprofessional wrong doings as earlier contained in our press statement released today.
“We want the public to know that he is not fit and proper to be a Senator of the federal republic of Nigeria; because that purported retirement letter he displayed today was forged.
“All DSP Hamman was saying were cheap blackmail, distraction and deliberate acts to derail investigation.
“So the force will want the Senate Ethics and Privileges committee which we have confidence and trust to see reason to ask him to dress up in his police uniform to come and appear before police disciplinary committee to answer charges against him.
“The IGP has no use to distractions DSP Hamman is instituting before the public, and no matter the position any person is, once he or she runs a foul of the law, he will be made to answer the charges,’’ Moshood stated.
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