The Salvage for Development Initiative (SDI) has asked Senator Isah Hamma Misau to leave the chairman of the Police Service Commission,
Sir Mike Okiro, and the incumbent Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, alone and not drag them into his corruption allegations, because he who must come to equity must come with clean hands.
The group appealed to Misau to go back to the police and clear himself to save the National Assembly from unnecessary embarrassment.
In a statement made available to The Point in Abuja on Wednesday, SDI Executive Director, Mr. Abdullateef Sanni and the National Secretary, Gafar Temitayo, deplored the brickbats between Misau, Okiro, and Idris, over allegations of corrupt practices and the IGP’s counter allegations of forgery and desertion against the lawmaker.
Sanni said that SDI would have looked the other way if Misau had not included Okiro in his attack.
According to him, Misau’s allegation that Idris made N10 billion monthly, and by extension, N120 billion yearly from posting and promotion of police commissioners and use of the police by corporate organisations and highly placed individuals across the country without concrete evidence was laughable.
SDI recalled that Okiro was appointed head of the police when the then ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had security challenges, not as a police officer, because he had retired in 2009.
He said that Okiro carried out the exercise without blemishes, adding, “This was prior to his appointment as Chairman, Police Service Commission in 2013.”
Sanni said that it was shocking for the lawmaker to brandish a purported letter of retirement issued by the PSC in 2014, “yet he contested the 2011 election as a Senator for Bauchi Central Senatorial District under the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), which he lost.
He said: “Let him explain the disparity in the date of his purported retirement and his contesting a House of Representatives' seat in the 2011. Let him also explain how he managed to contest for the elected office while still in the Nigeria Police.
His name while in service, according to the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, was Mohammed Isa Hamma, with police number AP No. 57300, Deputy Superintendent of Police. How and when did he become Isah Hamma Misau? Sanni queried
“Senator Misau was aide-de-camp (ADC) to three ministers of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), (Modibo, Aliero and Bala Mohammed) from March 2007 to 2010 during which he acquired several landed properties, especially, in the nation’s capital.
“DSP Mohammed Isah Hamma (Senator Hamma Isah Misau) was sent on Junior Command Course (JCC) 49/2008 between January 5, 2009 and June 19, 2009 to Jos, Plateau State but he refused to go, because of his juicy appointment as ADC,” he said.
Sanni alleged that police sources confirmed that the then DSP, now senator sent emissaries to Okiro, to appeal to him for promotion, but was turned down and queried to explain why he refused to attend the course.
“These are his grudges against the person of Okiro, who was only carrying out his constitutional duties as the police boss then and which explains why he is dragging the integrity and good name of the PSC boos in the mud,” he said.
SDI is a non-governmental organisation, which plays a key role in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.