Chairman of the Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Isah Hamma Misau (APC, Bauchi) yesterday asked the Department of State Service (DSS) to conduct an independent investigation into the bribery allegation against the police and the Police Service Commission (PSC).
Misau, a retired police officer, had weeks ago alleged that police officers pay as much as N2.5m to get special promotion through the PSC.
Our correspondent reports following Misau’s allegation, the police and PSC authorities summoned him to give more information on his allegation but he refused to appear.
In a phone interview, Misau said he shunned the invitation because, “the Police and PSC cannot be judges in their own matter”.
“The invitation should have come from the IG because my allegation was directed to him and the PSC,” he said.
He said the PSC sent him a letter that they have appointed a retired judge to investigate the matter and that he also shunned it.
“But before they wrote me, I had requested for the list of all beneficiaries of Police Special Promotion since 2009 from the PSC in line with Freedom of Information (FOI) law.
“The PSC replied to me that it is only the Senate Committee on Police Affairs that can request for the list. I replied them that I requested for it in line with FOI, as a Nigerian and as a Senator and not as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Navy. I’m still waiting for the list,” he said.
He said the PSC and police should allow an independent body like the DSC or ICPC to probe the matter.