Police Probes Senator Misau, Calls Him A Deserter

Police Probes Senator Misau, Calls Him A Deserter

Yesterday, the police declared Senator Isa Misau, a former Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), as a runaway force member.

The police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, told journalists on Sunday in Abuja that all those involved in the forgery of the letter were being probed, including a Police Service Commission official, Mrs. Garos Logams, who signed the document.

However, the senator stated that the police stepped out of its authority and showed unfairness towards him.

Jimoh, who read a statement entitled: “Re: Senator accuses IG of cornering N10 billion monthly IGR and taking a bribe to post CPs to juicy states,”  accused Misau of making a fake allegation, forging a purported resignation letter and absconding from duty.

He claimed that Misau’s real names are Mohammed Isa Hamman.

He said: “The Nigeria Police Force is constrained once again to react to the media briefing by one Senator Isah Hamman Misau, who has been found out to still exist on the Nigeria Police Force Officers Staff List as AP. No 57300 DSP Mohammed Isa Hamman on posting to Niger State Police Command on September 24, 2010.

“Senator Isah Hamman Misau dubiously absconded and deserted the Nigeria Police Force on September 24, 2010 when he was redeployed to Niger State Command and he refused to report, consequent upon which he was queried in line with the Public Service Rules Sections 030301(b)(g) (m)&(o) and  030402 (a)(b)(c)(e)&(w), in addition to the previous queries and disciplinary process he was facing when he refused to proceed on Junior Command Course(JCC) 49/2008 at Staff College Jos between 5th January, 2009 and 19th June, 2009.”

Jimoh added: “The retirement letter presented to the Journalists by DSP Mohammed Isa Hamman is suspiciously forged and dubiously obtained.

Asked why it took the police seven years to declare Misau a deserter, the police spokesman said there was no time limit for a deserter to be investigated and punished, noting that Misau’s case file was still before the Force Disciplinary Committee.

He said that according to civil service rules, “an official with pending disciplinary issues is not allowed to retire or leave the force until his case had been resolved.”

Moshood explained that this showed that Misau’s purported retirement letter was forged “because his case file is still marked Pending Disciplinary Matter, meaning he would not be allowed to retire until the issues against him have been resolved.”

“The letter, which was dated 5th March, 2014, a period of more than four years after AP No 57300 DSP Mohammed Isa Hamman (Senator Isah Hamman Misau) deserted the Force is now being investigated by the Force.”

He added that extant rules under the Police Act and Regulations, the Criminal and Penal Codes, stipulating a deserter as a suspected criminal under the law are applicable to Misau.

However, in a telephone call yesterday, the embattled senator expressed anger over the police allegation, the nation reports.

He noted that Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Kpotun Idris sought his official assistance at the Senate last week.

The senator added that the air flight ticket to Morocco and hotel bookings made for him by the IG last week remain unused because he did not understand the motivation behind the gesture.

“It is wrong for them to say these things because issues of appointment, promotion, discipline and disengagement of officers are the sole responsibility of the Police Service Commission, not the Nigeria Police Force.

“So, it is wrong for the police to allege that I did not resign properly because I have an official letter from the Police Service Commission on my departure from the police.

“Moreover, under the Public Service rules, if you want to disengage from the public service, you have two options to fulfil all requirements of the law – either you pay one month in lieu of notice or to give a formal notice of three months.

“When did they realise that I  am a deserter because even last week, the IG phoned me to assist and talk to the Senate President and Senate Leader concerning kidnappings on Abuja-Kaduna road; I helped the IG arrange the meeting.

“Also, I have been writing letters to the IG on my letterhead and referring to myself as a retired police officer on the floor of the Senate; the press should ask police authorities about when they realised that I am now a deserter, seven years after leaving the police force.”

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