The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has disclosed that there is no law in the police that prevents him from marrying a serving female police officer.
The IGP further challenged the lawmaker representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Senator Isa Misau, who accused him of having an affair with a junior female colleague, to prove him otherwise.
Misau had on October 4, accused Idris of being romantically involved with a policewoman whom he gave special promotion.
The lawmaker told the senate that Idris married one Asta, a deputy superintendent of police (DSP), an act which he said contravenes the police act.
Thereafter, an ad hoc committee of the senate was set up to probe the allegations against the IGP.
This led to Idris’ appearance before the panel on Wednesday after the lawmakers had threatened to issue a warrant for his arrest.
He however did not respond to the allegations levelled against him by Misau.
But in a written defence he presented through his lawyer, Dr. Alex Iziyon (SAN), to the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating the allegations against him by the senator, the IGP specifically asked the senator to cite a section of the law that prevents him from having romantic relationship with a policewoman.
In the written defence, which was sighted by Sunday Punch, Idris 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.
“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.
“The senator also alleged that the Inspector-General of Police is in a relationship with one Corporal Amina whom he claimed 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.”