IGP Ibrahim Idris Slams 5bn Defamation Suit Against Sen. Misau
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris has instituted a N5billion defamation suit against Senator Isah Misau in continuation of the faceoff between the two men.
In the suit, filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, the IGP is accusing Misua (APC, Bauchi Central) of tarnishing his public image over the myriad of allegations he has made in the media, Vanguard writes.
Misau, a former police officer, famously accused the police under IGP Idris of collecting bribes to the tune of N2.5m to get special promotion, calling on the Department of State Security, DSS, to probe the Police Service Commission, PSC.
The lawmaker went further to accuse IGP Idris of impregnating a junior officer before marrying her, adding that rather than fight corruption, Idris was doing his best to perpetuate it.
He also accused the IGP – whom he claimed bought a N120m SUV for Wife of the President Aisha Buhari – of collecting N120 billion from oil firms for the task of providing them with security, among others.
Consequently, the IGP, aside asking for 5bn as aggravated and exemplary damages, further prayed the Abuja court to compel Misua to tender a public apology to him in two widely read national dailies.
He is also seeking an order of injunction restraining Misau (defendant), by himself, his cohorts, servants or otherwise, from further publishing, causing to be published, the said words similarly defamatory of the plaintiff.
The police boss told the court that his reputation has been seriously damaged, saying he has suffered and is still suffering considerable distress, loss of reputation, anguish and injury to his feelings.
It will be recalled that Misau was on October 19, docked before the high court for “injurious falsehood” against the IGP and the Police.
The lawmaker had pleaded not guilty to the five-count charge that was endorsed by the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, before he was granted bail to the tune of N5m with two sureties in like sum.
Meanwhile, the suit has been assigned to Justice Jude Okeke who has okayed hearing for November 13.
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