*Let them address the real issues I raised against them
Senate Committee Chairman on Navy, Senator Isah Hamma Misau, has responded to the updated allegations by the police that he deserted the Force.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, had on Sunday, lambasted the lawmaker, accusing him of deserting the Police Force in 2010 upon his redeployment to Niger State Command.
The Force spokesman also averred that the resignation letter being displayed by Senator Misau was forged and should be investigated.
Moshood insisted that the lawmaker had not resigned from the Police Force and as such, should not be addressed as a Senator.
In a press release signed by the lawmaker on Monday, Senator Misau described the Police reactions to the “weighty issues” raised by him as “cheap propaganda to obfuscate the real issue”.
He wondered why the Police spokesman would abandon the “real issue” which bothers on the “illegal promotion in the Police Force and its potential to undermine operational capacity of the Force”, in his reaction.
“The Inspector-General of Police and the Chairman, Police Service Commission should proof me wrong and not embark on voyage of discovery”, Misau fumed.
Senator Misau insisted that he strictly followed the provisions of the Police Act and Regulations in resigning from the Police Force.
He said that the Police knew his whereabouts since he left the force and could have effected his arrest if he did leave the force without proper resignation.
“Moreover, I have been in the Senate for about two and half years without any mention of my deserting until my innocuous caution against practices capable of destroying the Police Force.
“It is beyond curiosity that the Police would be looking for someone clearly in plain sight for these past years. Little wonder the proliferation of crime in the country and the Police apparent cluelessness, especially, under the current leadership of the IGP”, the lawmaker posed.
Senator Misau, who is representing the people of Bauchi Central at the National Assembly, had on Friday, made weighty allegations against the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Police Service Commission, under the leadership of former IGP Mike Okiro.
Aside engaging in promotion racketeering at the commission, Misau also accused the IGP of collecting bribes, ranging from N10million to N15million from Commissioners of Police, State Mobile Commanders and Special Protection Units (SPU) Commanders, for favourable postings.
He also alleged that the IGP makes up to N10billion monthly from oil companies, banks and private individuals who enjoy special protection from the security agency.
“A serving police officer aware of the trend has told me that they pay as much as N2.5 million to get special promotion. Other sources have also confirmed to me. So it is nothing but fact.’’
Misau, who is a member of the anti-corruption committee of the Senate said he would discuss the issue with the leadership of the Senate, when they resume from annual recess next month.
“We cannot just fold our hands and allow this to continue. The special promotion should be reversed as it was done during the time of Nuhu Ribadu. Unless this is done the lives of Nigerians would no longer be secured. The special promotion is highly compromised.
“Corruption is not only associated with money, it has many forms and money for promotion is part of it. We have to urgently address this because the consequence is what we are witness today,’’ he said.