Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has filed a libel suit against the Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Hamman Misau, demanding N5bn as compensation for alleged defamation, The Punch reports.
The suit is coming on the back of an earlier preferred criminal charges slammed on the senator by the Federal Government, through the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, for allegedly spreading “injurious falsehood” against the IGP and the Nigeria Police Force.
Both the civil case filed by the IGP himself and the criminal charges instituted by the AGF office stemmed from allegations of corruption and unethical practices leveled by Misau against the IGP in the electronic and print media.
While the civil case has been assigned to Justice Jude Okeke of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the criminal case is before the Chief Judge of the court, Justice Ishaq Bello.
In the suit filed by his counsel, Marcel Oru, the IGP prayed the court to award cumulative aggravated and exemplary damages of N5bn against the lawmaker.
Meanwhile, Justice Okeke has fixed for November 13, 2017 for hearing in the case.
The police chief had on Friday confirmed his readiness to appear before the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating him over allegations of corruption.
Speaking with State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Idris said his appearance at the National Assembly on Tuesday would be subjected to approval from his legal team.
“These are legal issues, we are discussing with our legal team, obviously if there is need we are going to appear. For the sake of having respect for the Senate, I will appear before them,” he had said.
This is after Misau had recently accused him of misappropriating the sum of N7.2bn in the 2016 budget, nepotism and sexual alliances with female officers.
Against this backdrop, he was invited by the senate ad-hoc committee but he failed to honour the summon.