N120bn Bribery Allegations: FG Drags Senator Misau To Court For Making ‘Injurious Falsehood’ Against IGP Idris

The Federal Government of Nigeria has dragged Senator Isah Misau representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly to court for fraud and dissemination of falsehood against the country’s Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris.

Misau, who is a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, had alleged that the special promotion of officers by the force was fraught with corruption, an allegation IGP Idris subsequently set a panel to investigate.

The serving senator had also accused the IGP of fraud and sexual misconduct, in an interview he granted a national newspaper. On his part, IGP Idris accused Senator Missau of Fraud and that he deserted his police job by not retiring properly, an allegation which the Police Service Commission faulted, affirming that the senator’s retirement was properly done.

Reacting to the allegation, the Nigerian Government through the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, on Tuesday, filed two separate sets of charges of fraud and dissemination of falsehood against Senator Misau.

The offense according to the charge, is contrary to section 393 (1) of the penal code. The second charge comprising a seven-grounds of appeal focuses on the submission of false documents by the senator to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in 2011 and 2014, respectively.

The charge sheet which was signed by an assistant chief state counsel, Aminu Alilu, says the alleged offense is in contravention of sections 1 (2) c of the miscellaneous offenses act, 2004.

The charges read in part: “That you, lsah Hamman Misau of Hamman Misau Residence, Turaki Street, Misau, Bauchi State, on or about August 10, 2017, at Abuja and other parts of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did make a false statement of fact to wit: that police officers pay as much as two million, five hundred thousand naira (N2.5m) to get special promotion and posting through the Police Service Commission as published in the Daily Trust Newspaper dated August 10, 2017, knowing that such false statement of fact would harm the reputation of Mr. Ibrahim Kpotun Idris (the serving Inspector-General of Police), the Nigeria Police Force and the Police Service Commission and you thereby committed an offense.

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“That you, Isah Hamman Misau of Hamman Misau Residence, Turaki Street, Misau, Bauchi State, on or about October 5, 2017, at Abuja and other part of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did make a false statement of fact to wit: that about ten billion naira (N10bn) is being received by the Inspector-General of Police on a monthly basis from oil companies, banks, hotels and individuals as bribes for police protection and that is why you see people of dubious character with sirens in the country which said false statement of fact was aired in the Channels Television programme tagged ‘Politics Today’ on August 27, 2017, and published in the Daily Trust Newspaper dated October 5, 2017, knowing that such false statement of fact would harm the reputation of Mr. Ibrahim Kpotun Idris (the serving Inspector-General of Police), the Nigeria Police

“That you, lsah Hamman Misau of Hamman Misau Residence, Turaki Street, Misau, Bauchi State on or about January 28, 2011, at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did utter a false document to wit: Affidavit in Support of 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) which you submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission knowing it to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same section of the Act.

“That you, Isah Hamman Misau of Hamman Misau Residence, Turaki Street, Misau, Bauchi State, on or about December 16, 2014, at Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did utter a false document to wit: Affidavit in Support of Personal Particulars of Persons seeking election to the Office/Membership of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (INEC FORM C.F. 001/2015) which you submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission knowing it to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same section of the Act.

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“That you, Isah Hamman Misau of Hamman Misau Residence, Turaki Street, Misau, Bauchi State, on or about December 15, 2014, at the Independent National Electoral Commission Headquarters, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did utter a false document to wit: a Statutory Declaration of Age deposed to at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on December 15, 2014, by submitting same to the Independent National Electoral Commission knowing it to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same section of the Act.”




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