IGP Idris Sues Saraki, Senate Over Investigation For Alleged N120bn Bribe

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has filed a suit before the High Court of the FCT, Abuja, seeking an order restraining the Senate and Senate President Bukola Saraki from going ahead with their plan to investigate allegations of malpractices against him.

The lawmaker representing Bauchi Central, Isah Misau, of the APC, had alleged, among others, that the IG collected about N10bn monthly from some firms and highly-placed Nigerians for security.

Misau, a former police officer before being elected to Senate, also accused Idris of granting fraudulent promotions to undeserving police operatives.

Misau, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, had accused Idris of extorting money, ranging from N10m to N15m, from Commissioners of Police, State Mobile Commanders and Special Protection Units Commanders, for favourable postings.

He had argued that the level of corruption being perpetrated by IGP Idris was so alarming and capable of undermining the anti-corruption stance of President Buhari.

The IG had denied these allegations while the Force Headquarters had accused Misau of leaving the force with forged retirement papers.

IGP Idris had alleged that Misau was a deserter.

Faulting the committee set up by Saraki to investigate him, IGP Idris is seeking, “A declaration that the committee set up by the Senate to investigate the allegations against Ibrahim Idris is unconstitutional, null and void.

“A declaration that the sitting and other conduct of such constituted committee to investigate the allegations against Mr. Idris are unconstitutional, null and void.

“An order restraining the Senate Committee howsoever designated from sitting, inviting Mr. Ibrahim Idris, hearing or taking a decision, against the current Inspector-General of Police, pending the determination of this suit.

“An order restraining the President of the Senate and the entire Senate from receiving and discussing any report submitted to it by the committee set up to investigate the allegation against Mr. Ibrahim Idris pending the determination of this suit.”