IGP rejects Senate’s probe on Misau’s allegation

IGP rejects Senate’s probe on Misau’s allegation

 

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday engaged the Senate in verbal war regarding the legality or otherwise of the upper chamber’s probe of corruption allegations against him.
The IGP who appeared in the company of his lawyer, Alex Izinyon, told the committee headed by Deputy Chief Whip, Francis Alimikhena that since the case for which the investigation was ordered is already in court, it will be subjudice for him to respond to any queries from lawmakers.
He however said he chose to appear before the committee to comply with constitutional provisions which mandated him to honour invitations from parliament.
But the committee ruled him out of order insisting that the judiciary lacked the power to stop the Senate from performing its constitutional duties.
The police boss claimed that the existence of the committee was against the Standing Rules of the Senate.
To support his argument, the IGP cited Order 53(5) of the Standing Rules which states that “Reference shall not be made to any matter on which a judicial decision is pending in such a way as might in the Opinion of the President of the Senate prejudice the interest of parties thereto.”
The IGP stated briefly: “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”.
However, the legal representative,Izinyon, who appeared with the IGP, had a heated argument with senators when he earlier stopped the police boss from responding to questions raised by the committee chairman, Alimikhena.
After interventions from lawmakers, the committee chairman adjourned the hearing indefinitely to enable the panel study the written submission by the IGP and take a final decision.

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