FEDERAL Government yesterday
told an Abuja High Court that it had
filed an application seeking to amend
the criminal charge it filed against
Senator Isa Misau, by increasing the
counts from five to seven.
The federal government had on
October 19 arraigned Misau on a fivecount
charge bordering on making
false injurious allegation against
the Inspector General of Police,
Ibrahim Idris and the Police Service
Commission.
Misau, however, pleaded not guilty
to the charge and was consequently
admitted to bail in the sum of N5
million with two responsible sureties
in like sum.
At the resumed trial yesterday,
prosecuting counsel, Dr. Alex
Izinyon (SAN) informed the court
that the AGF had issued him a fiat to
prosecute the matter.
He added that in view of his taking
over the matter, the five-count charge
would be amended to seven so as to
add more information.
He also informed the court that he
had filed another application seeking
to set aside the subpoenaed issued by
the court on the IGP on November 22.
He submitted that such subpoenaed
was targeted at embarrassing the IGP
and that it was an abuse of court
process.
Counsel to Misau, Dr. Joshua Musa
(SAN) in his comments informed the
court that he would be challenging
the application to amend the charge.
He submitted that the initial charge
on which his client was arraigned was
defective, in that the seal of the lawyer
who filed it was not placed on it.
He added that in the face of such
default, the charge could not be
amended.
On the subpoena, he said that the
IGP was not a party to the suit and
that there was no law that stopped his
client to compel the IGP as a witness
and to also tender documents needed
for his defence.
After listening to counsels’
submissions, the trial judge, Justice
Ishaq Bello adjourned till December
5 for hearing of the three applications.
The two new counts added to
the existing five read: “That you,
Isah Hamman Misau of Hamman
Misau Residence, Turaki Street,
Misau, Bauchi State, on or about 26th
August, 2017 at Abuja and other part
of Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of
this Honorable Court, did make a
false statement of fact to wit: that the
Inspector-General of Police is scoring
high marks by making almost half
of the mobile commanders in the
country, people of his Nupe extraction
which said false statement of fact was
published in the This Day Newspaper
and The Punch Newspaper both
dated 26th August, 2017, knowing
that such false statement of fact
would harm the reputation of Mr.
Ibrahim Kpotun Idris (the serving
Inspector-General of Police) and the
Nigeria Police Force and you thereby
committed an offence.
“That you Isah Hamman Misau of
Hamman Misau Residence, Turaki
Street, Misau, Bauchi State on or
about 26th August, 2017 at Abuja
and other part on Nigeria within the
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court,
did make a false statement of fact wit:
that the incumbent Inspector-General
of Police, based on available records,
series of petitions and reports from
insiders, has no capacity to run the
Police just like the Chairman of the
Police Service Commission, Rtd IGP
Mike Okiro, who also lacks similar
capacity going N300 million scam
and others hanging on his neck since
2011 during the presidential primary
election of the Peoples Democratic
Party where he served as the head
of the security committee which said
false statement of fact was published
in the Thisday Newspaper and the
Punch Newspaper both dated 26th
August, 2017 knowing that such false
statement of fact would harm the
reputation of Mr. Ibrahim Kpotun
Idris (the serving Inspector-General
of Police), Rtd IGP Mike Okiro, the
Nigeria Police Force and the Police
Service Commission and you thereby
committed an offence.”
The two offences, just like the initial
five, were contrary to Section 393 (1)
of the Penal Code.

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