The police chief said no part of the constitution prevented him from doing so, He also denied that he promoted officers he was romantically involved in a relationship with.
The inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris has challenged Senator Isa Misau to cite any section of the constitution that prevents him from having romantic relationship with a police woman.
The senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District had accused the police boss of having romantic relationship with police officers. He also accused the police chief of illegally collecting money from oil companies to provide security to them.
The Punch reports that 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 police boss insisted that he was free to have romantic relationship with any policewoman.
He challenged Misau to cite any section of the law that prevented him from doing so. The lawyer described as laughable the allegation that Idris promoted two officers he was having relationship with.
He said: “This allegation is laughable and showed lack of understanding of the provisions of the Police Act and regulation.” The police chief challenged Misau to also cite the section of the Police Act and Regulation that prevented a police officer from marrying another one.
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.
“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.”