The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has filed two sets of charges against Isah Misau, Senator representing Bauchi Central in the National Assembly, at the Federal High Court and the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja.
One of the set of charges had to do with the series of allegations of corruption and abuse of office made by Misau against Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police, while the other borders on falsification of vital documents which Misau submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
In the suit filed before the FCT High Court, Misau, a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, was accused of making claims containing “injurious falsehood” against Idris and the Nigeria Police Force.
Misau, among other things, alleged that police officers pay as much as N2.5 million to the Police Service Commission for special promotion and posting.
He also accused the IGP of diverting money meant for the purchase of Armoured Personnel Carriers, Sport Utility Vehicles and other exotic cars.
Misau was also said to have falsely accused the IGP of making almost half of the mobile commanders in the country the people of his Nupe extraction.
The offences were said to be contrary to Section 393(1) of the Penal Code.
In the other set of charges, Misau was accused of “uttering” false documents including affidavits, statutory declaration of age deposed to at FCT High Court and the Bauchi State Health Management Board Birth Certificate, which he allegedly submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission in 2011 and 2014.
The offences in the seven counts were said to be contrary to the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
The two sets of charges were signed on behalf of the AGF by an Assistant Chief State Counsel, Mr. Aminu Alilu, who is of the Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, the Federal Ministry of Justice.
Misau, a retired Police Officer, has been accused of deserting the force and dubiously acquiring a retirement letter.
According to Jimoh Moshood, the Force Public Relations Officer, Misau was known as DSP Mohammed Hamman when he was in the Force.
He was posted for training two times between 2009 and 2010 but he failed to attend the trainings and was subsequently issued a query which he never replied.
“The retirement letter presented to journalists by DSP Mohammed Hamman is suspiciously forged and dubiously obtained,” Moshood told journalists in August.
“The letter, which was dated March 5, 2014, a period of more than four years after AP No 57300 DSP Mohammed Isa Hamman deserted the Force is now being investigated by the Force.
“His case file is still marked ‘Pending Disciplinary Matter,’ meaning he would not be allowed to retire until the issues against him have been resolved.”