NewsExpress advert Yudala banner
Misau vs IGP Idris: Lawyer faults Senator’s trial; says it’s political, unjustifiable

By News Express on 13/10/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 490

 •Senator Isa Misau
•Senator Isa Misau

A public interest lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, on Thursday faulted the prosecution of Senator Isa Misau, by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), saying that it smells of politics.

He regretted that instead of the Office of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Police Service Commission (PSC) to respond to the concerns of a Senator of the Federal Republic, “they chose to first defame him by calling him a deserter and now a politically motivated criminal action.”

Olajengbesi in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday said charging him to court had betrayed public sensibilities and confidence on the anti-corruption stance of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said: “Where is the report of a neutral panel setup to look into the allegations of the Senator. I make bold to state that it amount to seating logic on its head to permit the Nigeria Police to constitute a panel and look into it own corruption issues.

“It insults the sacrosanct principle of Nemo Judex in causa sua, translated, no man can be a judge in his case. It’s nonsensical to think the police can probe itself, so the panel set up cannot be valid. What we are seeing is simply political persecution which will not succeed.

“One would want to ask, as every reasonable and objective person will, between the reputation of the IGP and the collective wealth of 180 million Nigerians which is of utmost importance to the state. The implication of this is that the charge is baseless and a compromise of the President Buhari’s fight against corruption.”

According to Olajengbesi, as a legal practitioner, he knew that it remained the sole discretion and obligation of the AGF to institute and prosecute any person who he reasonably believed or suspected to have violated the nation’s penal laws particularly with respect to Federal offences or those committed within the FCT.

Olajengbesi however said in the exercise of that power the AGF was obliged by the constitution to place and prioritise national interest above every other factor.

“The allegations raised against the person of the IGP should have first been investigated by an independent body other than the Police being an interested party or on the otherhand the IGP should be made to resign so as to give the other officers of the Police Force the leverage to conduct a proper and unbiased investigation,” he stated.

The lawyer said the allegations against Senator Misau should have been “backed with compelling evidences sourced after a thorough investigation.”

He said: “One would have thought that the proper and most acceptable thing that should have been done was the clarification of the allegations as it affects the totality of the Nigeria state.

“Is the current development a justification that there is no corruption in the Nigeria Police Force? Justice as stated in a plethora of authorities is not a one way thing, it rather is justice to the state, society and the victim. We therefore call in the interest of justice to all that the charges be forthwith discontinued and a proper investigation lodged into the allegations so raised.

“A careful examination of the charge itself will reveal a liquidated attempt by the Federal government through the office of the Attorney-General to render abstract the real issues in controversy and sweep the significant investigations under the carpet.

“First, Section. 393(1) of the Penal Code deals with publication of false statement of facts which are made by the accused with the intention of simply injuring the character of the complainant.

“Before a statement of fact can be categorised as false, the onus of the relevant bodies to conduct thorough investigations to identify whether there is a scintilla of truth therein. The exception to section 393 that the statement must have a substance of truth, in which case, no offence committed.

“Unfortunately, instead of the Office of the IGP and the PSC responding to the concerns of a well-meaning senator of the Federal Republic, they chose to first defame him by calling him a deserter and now a politically motivated criminal action.”

Source News Express

Posted 13/10/2017 2:17:48 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
Mayhem in Lagos, 14 BRT buses destroyed after...

Igbinedion convicted over N25bn scam

Defence Budget Probe: HURIWA seeks transparency, tackling of...

Fresh crisis hits South West PDP over national...

Kogi Guber Battle: Faleke fails to dislodge Yahaya...

Abike Dabiri lists benefits of $300m Diaspora Bond,...

Smuggler drowns 50 African migrants

Terrorists kill 19 hostages taken from elitist hotel...

Fayose alleges cover-up in sack of FRC boss...

400 Boko Haram fighters meet waterloo in Adamawa...

Thugs brutalise protesting pensioners at Bayelsa Government House...

Police outlaw Cross River Green Police, threaten arrest...

 

Latest News Boko Haram attack: Yobe parents submit list of 105 missing school girls Nigerian international businessman dies in Germany after brief illness FG approves ICT academy for 6 geo-political zones NAF trains 500 Special Forces on counter-terrorism, aircraft anti-hijack NCC gives condition for buyers of 9mobile Buhari assures Niger Delta of rapid development Kogi Governor in another voter registration controversy CBN boosts forex market with $321.4m Reckless Govt. House driver jailed 7 years for causing death of Prof. Festus Iyayi Abduction of Yobe schoolgirls a national disaster: Buhari FG assures stakeholders of safe maritime domain Migrants accuse Libyan Coast Guard of abuse

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (326,625 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (318,430 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (255,195 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (209,316 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (194,961 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (188,020 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (163,745 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (146,999 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (140,572 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (129,803 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (128,383 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (123,348 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (34) Business (2,906) Business Verdict (34) Columnists (805) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (203) Entertainment (446) Features (549) Global Business Monitor (226) International (1,802) Interviews (143) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (105) News (33,079) Opinion (884) Pidgin (10) Politics (4,522) Religion (684) Sports (1,440) Stock Watch (28) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

Football president George Weah puts Liberian army to the test

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement