IGP Ibrahim Idris has defended himself before the Senate by stating categorically no law prevents him from marrying a serving female police officer.
He challenged Bauchi Central Senator Isa Misau, who accused him of having an affair with a junior female colleague, to make his case on the provision of the rulebook.
“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,” Idris stated in his written defence sent to the Senate committee through his lawyer Alex Iziyon.
Idris insisted that Misau’s father married the lawmaker’s mother while in service.
He said, “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.
On the allegation that Idris was peomoting his lovers in service, Iziyon said it is laughable.
“It shows lack of understanding of the provisions of the Police Act and regulation.”
Misau named a Corporal Amina whom he claimed is Idris’ lover and 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 rank of an ASP except the officer has attended an in-service cadet course,” the IGP said.
He was in the Senate Wednesday accompanied by his lawyer and Special Adviser to the President on the National Assembly Matter Ita Enang.
The NASS decided to probe a raft of allegations Misau wound around the IGP weeks ago.
The federal government has sued the senator for making those allegations,