The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has said that there is no law that prevents him from marrying a serving female police officer.
He challenged the lawmaker representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Senator Isa Misau, who accused him of having an affair with a junior female colleague, to prove him otherwise.
Idris stated this in a written defence he presented through his lawyer, Dr. Alex Iziyon (SAN), to the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating the allegations against him by the senator.
The allegations against the IG were listed in six categories and responded to.
He specifically asked the senator to cite a section of the law that prevents him from having romantic relationship with a policewoman.
The police boss recalled that Misau’s father married the lawmaker’s mother while in service.
On the allegation that Idris was having affairs with two female officers who also got questionable promotions as a result, Iziyon said, “This allegation is laughable and showed lack of understanding of the provisions of the Police Act and regulation.”
The Inspector-General of Police challenged the senator to cite the section of the Police Act and Regulation which forbids a police officer from marrying another police officer.
He said, “Until he brings such section of the Police Act, it will amount to discussing the Inspector-General of Police’s private life, which ordinarily should not have been entertained on the floor of the Senate.
“It might be appropriate to remind the senator, whose mother retired from the police as an Inspector of Police and a father who retired from the police as an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, that the Inspector-General of Police is a Moslem and, according to Islamic Law, can marry four wives provided he can love them equally.
“The senator also alleged that the Inspector-General of Police is in a relationship with one Corporal Amina whom he claimed was promoted from the rank of Corporal to an Assistant Superintendent of Police within 12 months.
“This allegation is false and the senator is under obligation to give the full particulars of the female police (officer), where she is serving and her duty post. It is not possible to promote a corporal to the rank of an ASP except the officer has attended an in-service cadet course.”
The IG, who earlier declined the committee’s invitation due to pending court cases over the matter, appeared before the Senate panel on Wednesday, accompanied by Iziyon; and the Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang.
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Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters-Senate, Senator Ita Enang has pleaded with the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating the case between the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris versus Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Senator Isa Misau to consider multiple doors option in arriving at whatever decision taking for the interest of Nigerians.
In a remark at the ad-hoc committee hearing Wednesday at the Senate committee room, Senator Enang extended the appropriation of Mr. President to the committee and senate for the warm reception granted the IGP and his entourage saying that the Executive respect the laws of the Senate.
Enang who appreciated the committee for the move by the lawmakers to adjourn the hearing said, “I hope the adjournment is not just to study the document but also to pursue a multi-door option on the matter,”.
IGP Ibrahim Idris had earlier told members of the panel that he would not answer any question from them as the matter was pending in court.
He said, “I will not make any oral comment or answer any question in respect of the allegations in view of the various civil and criminal cases pending in the law courts; more especially when the senator has already been arraigned in court in respect of this matter.
“I decided to appear before this Senate committee on the allegations out of high respect I have for the Senate and my respect for the rule of law.
“Furthermore, it is expected that the Senate and the committee will refrain from making references to the issues as it will be against Order 41 (7) and 53 (5) of the Senate Standing Orders 2 (15) as amended.”
The police boss, was accompanied by his lawyer, Dr. Alex Iziyon (SAN); as well as chiefs of the Nigeria Police Force .
The Chairman of the committee, Senator Francis Alimekhena, who read a summary of the probe and its objectives, and asked the IG to make comments before an oath could be administered on him for his submissions.