Idris vs Misau: The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has stated that there is no law stopping him from marrying a serving female police officer.
The lawmaker representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Senator Isa Misau, had accused him of having an affair with a junior female colleague.
The IGP challenged Misau in a written defence he presented through his lawyer, Alex Iziyon, SAN, to the Senate ad-hoc committee looking into the allegations against him to prove him wrong.
A copy of the written defence, in which the allegations against Idris were listed in six categories and responded to was obtained by Punch.
The IG challenged the senator to cite a section of the law that prevents him from having romantic relationship with a policewoman.
According to the IGP, Misau’s father married the lawmaker’s mother while in service.
Responding to 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.
“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 rankof an ASP except the officer has attended an in-service cadet course.”
The IG appeared before the Senate panel on Wednesday.