12 October 2017

Nigeria: Senator Misau to Be Arraigned for Forgery Next Week

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Senator Isah Misau (file photo).

Abuja — Barring last minutes changes, the embattled Senator, representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Senator Isah Misau, will be arraigned for forgery next week.

A source in the Federal Ministry of Justice told LEADERSHIP that the prosecuting team was working on getting a date for Misau's arraignment next week.

"The prosecuting team is trying very hard to get a date next week for the arraignment of the senator. If we get an early date, it will also be good, but we are working towards next week for his arraignment," he said.

Recall that last Tuesday the federal government filed two separate charges against Misau.

The charges were filed by the office of the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) at the Federal High court, Abuja, and the other before the FCT High Court.

The suits follow the disagreement between the senator and Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP).

The police had declared Misau a deserter after he accused the IGP of collecting money from police officers before they are posted.

He also accused IGP Idris of collecting money from oil companies and banks where police officers are sent to provide security.

Misau is accused of forging false documents comprising affidavits and declaration of age he deposed to at the Bauchi state health management board birth certificate and FCT high court.

He is said to have submitted these documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2011 and 2014 when he ran for public office.

The senator is also accused of making false statements that police officers pay N2.5 million to get special promotion and posting and also claiming that N10 billion is being received by Idris from oil companies and banks.

The offences are said to be contrary to section (1)(2)(c) of the miscellaneous offences Act Cap M17, laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same section of the Act.

The suit against Misau is coming a few days after the senate set up an ad hoc committee to probe the senator's claims against Idris

Part of the charges filed before the FCT High Court read in part, "That you, lsah Hamman Misau of Hamman Misau Residence, Turaki Street, Misau, Bauchi State, on or about August 10, 2017, at Abuja and other part of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did make a false statement of fact to wit: that police officers pay as much as two million, five hundred thousand naira (N2.5m) to get special promotion and posting through the Police Service Commission as published in the Daily Trust Newspaper dated August 10, 2017, knowing that such false statement of fact would harm the reputation of Mr. Ibrahim Kpotun ldris (the serving Inspector-General of Police), the Nigeria Police Force and the Police Service Commission and you thereby committed an offence.

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