From Godwin Tsa, Abuja
Senator Isah Misau representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District was, yesterday, docked at a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at Maitama for making “injurious falsehood” against the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris and the Nigerian Police Force.
The senator who was arraigned on a five-count charge, pleaded not guilty before the Chief Judge, Justice Ishaq Bello and was granted bail to the tune of N5 million with two sureties in like sum.
After the charges were read to him, the lawmaker moved an application through his counsel, Godwin Obla (SAN), to be granted bail on self-recognizance.
He told the court that he would be available to defend all the allegations made against him by the Federal Government.
In addition, Misua told the court that he appeared before the court voluntarily to face the charges.
The Director of Public Prosecution, Mr. Salihu Bakun said he was not opposed to the bail request. Consequently, Justice Bello granted the bail application, even as he fixed November 28 for trial.
The Federal government had in the charge marked FCT/HC/CR/345/2017 and signed by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, listed some of the “injurious falsehood” it said the defendant made, to include allegations that police officers paid as much as N2.5million to get special promotion and posting through the Police Service Commission (PSC).
The charge is perceived to be a direct fallout of allegations, Misau, a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, made against the IGP.
The senator was charged for alleging that the police boss diverted money meant for the purchase of Armoured Personnel Carriers, Sport Utility Vehicles and other exotic cars.
He was also alleged to have falsely accused the IGP of making almost half of the mobile commanders in the country people of his Nupe extraction. The lawmaker, aside accusing the IGP of instituting roadblocks across Nigeria with the purpose of extorting money from unsuspecting motorists, equally alleged that the police boss had sexual affair with female police officers.
Misau, further alleged that the IGP collects illegal fees by way of security protections given to corporate organisations, eminent citizens and oil companies running into billions of naira.
The AGF maintained that the lawmaker had by his action and utterances, committed an offence contrary to Section 393(1) of the Penal Code. FG equally filed another seven-count charge against the lawmaker before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
In the second seven-count charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/170/2017, FG alleged that Misau falsely declared his age in affidavits he deposed to at FCT High Court and the Bauchi State Health Management Board Birth Certificate. He was said to have submitted the false documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2011 and 2014.