“Buhari Has Left Governance In The Hands Of Cabals In Aso Villa”

Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial district has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari, saying, he was never in charge of governance, but has left the nation in the hands of cabals in the Villa.

In his contribution on the floor of the Senate, Misau wondered at the composition of the executive, saying that Ministers have failed woefully in discharging their responsibilities.

“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, President Buhari is not in charge, but the cabals. They determine who and who to be appointed.”

“During our New year holiday, cabals in the Presidency became suspicious that the Senate President may defect to PDP, so they have made up their minds to initiate impeachment moves against him’, Misau alleged.

Calling names, he said: “The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami was almost a nuisance.”.

He faulted the recent appointment of a Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

According to him, the newly appointed DG has failed his career exams twice but got appointed as Senior Special Assistant, foreign matters before the development.

The lawmaker was saddened that government was derelicting in the implementation of policies that would have better the lot of Nigerians.

Meanwhile, Senator Abdullahi Adamu representing Nasarawa South Senatorial district differed strongly that all arms of government were a subset of each other.

He explained that failure of the executive was also the failure of legislative arm.

He urged decorum rather than making sweeping statements by Senators, adding that Senators as statesmen should not be antagonistic to the executive.

Alleged Forgery: Court Grants Sen. Misau Bail

Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday granted bail to Senator Isah Misau on self-recognition.

Misau, who represents Bauchi Central Senatorial District, was arraigned on an amended 10-count bordering on forgery and other related offences.

At the resumed hearing, the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Saleh Hadi, from the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, informed the court of the amended charges filed.

Hadi said the amended charges had been filed and he had affixed seal as ordered by the court on the last adjourned date.

He further applied for the charges to be read to the defendant to enable him to take his plea.

However , Misau pleaded not guilty to the amended 10 counts preferred against him.

Presiding Judge, Justice Chikere ordered that the defendant deposit his passport with the Chief Registrar of the Court and can apply whenever he needs it.

The Justice adjourned the matter until January 21 for hearing.

Senator Backs Calls For Police SARS Scrapping

Senator Isa Misau, Bauchi-APC, on Tuesday lent his voice to the trending social media outcry against the activities of the Nigeria Police Force’s Special Anti-robbery Squad, SARS.

An hashtag #ENDSARS, calling for the scrapping of the police unit, trended on the social media over the weekend.

Nigerians, who used the social media to recount their experiences with SARS operatives, listed allegations of extra-judicial killings, wanton arrests and dispossession of properties through physical assault and other intimidation tactics.

Presenting the issue as a point of order, Mr. Misau said SARS has grown out of the authority of state police commissioners who are supposed to regulate their activities.

He said, “According to the Police Act and regulations, the force Criminal and Investigation and Intelligence, force CID, is the highest investigating arm of the Nigerian police. And for effective and efficient administration, the department is divided into 14 sections of which the Special Anti-robbery squad, SARS, is one of them.”

“SARS is supposed to be a section in each state command criminal investigation department with sole responsibility of handling armed robbery cases and answerable to the state commissioner of Police.”

Relaying experiences of Nigerians in some of the petitions he received, the former cop hinged on dangers of keeping a unit of the police force which has placed itself above the law.

“Mr. President, I have in the last few months received several petitions from my constituency against SARS. The complaints vary from extra-judicial killings, brutality, torture, arrest for bribe and other menacing conduct by the men of the unit.

“Most of the tweets with the hashtag, EndSARS, reported several cases of harassment, and arbitrary arrest of Nigerian youths labelling them Yahoo Boys.

“Mr. President, the complaints have ranged from how officers waylaid citizens at ATM points to how they often threaten to kill avowing they will get away with it. There are specific cases of how SARS officers allegedly murder citizens for declining to pay bribes.”

Mr. Misau said the Senate must take a bold stand on the issue and end the operation of SARS.

“It is dangerous for us to have a unit of the Police Force act as if it is above the law. We must now take a major decision to end SARS until a unit built around the rule of law and human rights observance is created by the police.”

Mr. Misau condemned the police’s reaction to the series of allegations against SARS.

Following growing outrage against the activities of SARS, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Sunday ordered the immediate reorganisation of the notorious unit.

But the Senator is pessimistic about this move, noting that previous attempts by the police Force to sanitise the unit has proved ineffective.

“I’m aware that in 2015, the then IGP, Solomon Arase, had due to incessant reports of abuses by the squad split SARS into two units with a view to checking its human rights abuses. This was done to ensure that officers don’t make arrest and investigate the same case. However, the abuses have continued.

“The police high command had earlier said that it has no intention to scrap the squad and contrary to claims. Rather than to take note of complains by the general public, and proceed to investigate and take actions against these human rights’ abuses, they only make matters worse by calling these campaigners criminals,” he said.

He prayed that the Senate set up a committee to investigate the allegations of human rights abuse by SARS.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, noted that the issue should be given urgent attention as it affects many Nigerians.

“I think it is clear that something wrong is going on and it needs urgent attention,” he said.

The Senate referred the issue to the ad-hoc committee on security already set up.

Aisha Buhari Denies Misua’s Allegation

President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha Buhari, has revoked allegations made by Senator Isa Misau,  that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, bought two SUVs for her.

Aisha Buhari denied any such thing, She simply tweeted: “I am still using my personal cars”.

Misau, while speaking to a committee investigating his accusations against the police boss, said he has documents which disclosed that Mrs. Buhari requested for vehicles from Idris.

“I still have some contract papers that the IG himself submitted to the court, where the First Lady through her aide-de-camp requested a Toyota Hiace and a Sienna jeep.

“The same day it was noted that the ADC wrote, that the IG of police started in her minute that she should be given two jeeps, which is not a part of the appropriation. If you look at the appropriation carefully, there is nowhere it is stated that the first lady should be given two jeeps,” he said.