Today is Fela’s Posthumous 79th Birthday (pic)


Today 15th Ocober is the African music legend and a maestro, Fela Anikulapo. He would have been 79 if he had been alive. Fela is not your normal or run off the mill guy. Today he was a controversial figure and it was not out of place, that Fela is a living legend even after 20 years of his death.

Felabration is the celebration of Fela, it is a week long programme of musical rendition of his some of songs and an assembly of notable stars from Africa and beyond. It is a musical jamboree and a festival. The road leading to his Gbemisola residence in Ikeja, Nigeria, has been a pot pouri of activities.

For those who did not know much about this great son of Africa, INFORMATION NIGERIA brings you 27 things you probably didn’t know about him:

Fela was born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti on 15 October 1938 in Abeokuta, Ogun State,

His mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, was a feminist activist in the anti-colonial movement
His father, Reverend Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, an Anglican minister, and school principal was the first president of the Nigeria Union of Teachers.
Fela is a first cousin to the Nigerian writer and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

He attended the Abeokuta Grammar School in Abeokuta and later he was sent to London in 1958 to study medicine but decided to study music instead at the Trinity College of Music.

The trumpet was his preferred instrument
Fela married his first wife, Remilekun Taylor, with whom he had three children (Femi, Yeni, and Sola).
In 1963, Fela moved back to Nigeria and trained as a radio producer for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation.
In 1967, he went to Ghana to think up a new musical direction
He first called his music Afrobeat In 1969.
He then formed the Kalakuta Republic, a commune, a recording studio, and a home for the many people connected to the band that he later declared independent from the Nigerian state.
Fela set up a nightclub in the Empire Hotel, first named the Afro-Spot and then the Afrika Shrine, where he both performed regularly and officiated at personalized Yoruba traditional ceremonies in honour of his nation’s ancestral faith.
He changed his middle name to Anikulapo (meaning “He who carries death in his pouch”, with the interpretation: “I will be the master of my own destiny and will decide when it is time for death to take me”).
He said that his original middle name of Ransome was a slave name.
He made the decision to sing in Pidgin English so that his music could be enjoyed by individuals all over Africa, where the local languages were spoken are very diverse and numerous.
In 1977, Fela and the Afrika ’70 released the album Zombie, a scathing attack on Nigerian soldiers using the zombie metaphor to describe the methods of the Nigerian military. The album was a smash hit and infuriated the government, setting off a vicious attack against the Kalakuta Republic, during which one thousand soldiers attacked the commune. Fela was severely beaten, and his elderly mother (whose house was located opposite the commune) was thrown from a window, causing fatal injuries.
Fela’s response to the attack was to deliver his mother’s coffin to the Dodan Barracks in Lagos, General Olusegun Obasanjo’s residence, and to write two songs, “Coffin for Head of State” and “Unknown Soldier”,
Fela and his band then took residence in Crossroads Hotel, as the Shrine had been destroyed along with his commune.
In 1978, Fela married 27 women, many of whom were his dancers, composers, and singers to mark the anniversary of the attack on the Kalakuta Republic.
Fela did not perform songs again after he had already recorded them
In 1979, he put himself forward for President in Nigeria’s first elections for more than a decade, but his candidature was refused.
In 1984, Muhammadu Buhari’s government, of which Kuti was a vocal opponent, jailed him on a charge of currency smuggling which Amnesty International and others denounced as politically motivated
Amnesty International designated him a ‘prisoner of conscience’and his case was also taken up by other human rights groups.
He was released from prison by General Ibrahim Babangida after 20 months,
On his release he divorced his 12 remaining wives, saying that “marriage brings jealousy and selfishness”
In 1989, Fela and Egypt ’80 released the anti-apartheid Beasts of No Nation that depicts on its cover U.S. President Ronald Reagan, UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and South African State President Pieter Willem Botha.

He was arrested 200 times and endured numerous beatings, but continued to write political lyrics, producing albums before he died on August 2, 1997, in Lagos.

Rest in Peace, the legend lives on!

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Lagos State Police Commissioner speaks on Tagbo, Dj Olu & Chime’s death (video); Davido reacted

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, “Imohimi Edgar” addressed journalists and shared new details about the deaths of Mr Tagbo Umeike, Oluwagbemiga Abiodun a.k.a DJ Olu and Chime Amaechi.

The commissioner revealed that he had a meeting with Tagbo’s family, Davido and Caroline Danjuma. Davido has been invited back to shed more lights as new revelation showed up
He also spoke on DJ Olu and Chime Amaechina’s death,
“Substances suspected to be hard drugs were recovered from DJ Olu’s car. Investigation are still going on and the substances discovered in the car have been taken for analysis to determine what exactly they are. He says.

Watch Video Below:

Davido who just got back from Police invitation, second time, alongside his friends, over Tagbo’s death, reacted on his Instagram:

 “Lies everywhere……due to respect for Tagbo and his family I haven’t spoken about this issue since. Soon a statement and footage will be released. Enough is enough. God bless you guys!! Everyone be safe please!!

Tagbo’s autopsy revealed that he died of asphyxiation, according to police report, contrary to excessive intake of alcohol

I was dating Tagbo and I’m  not happy how Davido handled Tagbo’s matter, Caroline Danjuma

“I was dating Tagbo but he is not the father of my daughter” – Caroline Danjuma debunks rumours as she narrates how he died

Actress Caroline Danjuma has reacted to reports that late Tagbo is the father of her third child, Elizabeth. She also gave more details about Tagbo’s death, how she sent Davido messages before she called him out and more.
In an interview with SDK, Caroline said:
“I really cant believe that I am talking about Tagbo like this because he was not one who liked publicity.
Firstly I would like to address this whole razzmatazz about David killing Tagbo and that i said so,i never said but yes,i did call out Davido to know the whereabouts of Tagbo but i never said he killed him,i never used that word”Killed Tagbo”.

The last time i heard from Tagbo was on Monday when i just got back from MFM Church praise and worship which took about 7-8 hours Around part 8pm to ask me where I was::I had invited him for the programme but he didnt show up..he called and asked where i was and when i said i was home,he said he was coming over.

I was tired but didnt want to sleep off because if Tagbo comes he would ring the bell.so i went upstairs to watch CNN to keep myself awake until he comes and for some reason i slept off and woke up by part 1am or 2am and as you know the normal ritual was to call your friends the next day when they are celebrating their birthday.

I felt bad that i had not called Tagbo because Tuesday was his birthday.I tried calling him but his number was switched off but i thought it was network and continued trying but it was switched off and i concluded that maybe his battery was down.

I sent him a text message to wish him Happy Birthday and i went to bed.

I woke up at5-6am to do my normal routine and looked at my phone and there was no missed call or reply to my SMS:They day went on and I kept trying his number but until 3pm his number was switched off..

I was out at the Bank when Tagbos childhood friend called me and said that he wanted to talk about tagbo,he was just asking random questions.
I told him i would call him back.I am aware that Tagbo was trying to do his Schengen visa so i called the guy helping him out to ask if she had heard from him but she said Tagbo was supposed to deliver some documents but had not.

I got home and called Kola back around 4pm and this was when Kola revealed to me that Tagbo was dead…I thought it was a joke because Tagbo does not drive carelessly,he doesn’t fight,he is not one to be seen in a place where people are fighting..if he is angry he walks away.

I was confused.
I decided to call the mum to find out if he went to Anambra to see his mum like he said he would to collect some documents…So i called the mum and she said she had not seen Tagbo.

I sent the sister a message that i heard Tagbo was dead and she should help me find out if it was true.The sister replied asking ”how when and where” and then i knew that she was unaware.

So i decided to call my neighbour who was also Tagbos friend and my neighbour who was holidaying in Lebanon called me back and said that there was a bet of 200k and that Tagbo drank about 50 shots of tequila and i said that cannot be true.Tagbo cannot drink even a glass of hennessey because he has a light brain like me .

So a guy who cannot drink this much cannot finish 50 shots of tequila..Tagbo does not need 200k to do that.

He comes from a very wealthy background so he does not need that kind of bet,he is not hungry for that.I was shattered to hear such a news,I went into my office and sat down.

I tried to find out where Tagbo was and Kola said he had been trying his best to find out but that each time he calls the people would drop the phone on him or tell him they would call back.

So for one hour and despite trying severally,we had not gotten any info to where Tagbos body was or what hospital he was taken to…

Tagbos friend chucks made some calls and found out that Tagbo was taken to Lagos island.

Meanwhile someone who rented my bar told me he was with Davido at Shisha bar on Monday and then i asked him randomly ”oh then you must know tagbo” cos Davido and tagbo are close friends and the only reason tagbo would be there is if Davido was there…that is on that birthday eve

The guy confirmed he met Tagbo and that was when he knew they were birthday mate and he also said they had fun and went from there to DNA to party..this was all before i heard Tagbo had died…so my impression then was oh Tagbo was having fun and that was why he hadn’t gotten back to me..

I called the same guy when i heard tagbo had died and asked him to find out what happened and he said he was trying to but every time he called Davidos team and mentioned tagbos name they would drop the phone on him and this was what they had also done to anyone who calls and mentions his name.

Davido knew and his crew knew Tagbo was dead at as 3a.m in the morning and they did not contact anyone,Davidos PA Lati knows where Tagbo stay but did not go to the house to inform anyone.
*Breaks down crying so interview had to wait*
After we had that Tagbos body was in Lagos island Davidos crew refused to give any info and this was about past 7pm.

I contacted someone who remembers seeing davido and tagbo and DNA and remembers there was a fight.

This person also told me there was a bet and said the same thing my neighbour said but said 30 shots and not 50.

According to what was said,Tagbo drank the tequila and got intoxicated and wanted to drive his car but Davido refused and said tagbo should drive with him..that was what i heard and that they drove to G12 beach and got out leaving Tagbo in the car all locked up and that one of the crew members came back saw tagbo gasping for air…this was the info they spread out there from a supposed eye witness.

He was taken to general hospital where he was confirmed dead and they left him there…..

We went there with Nabila and Mary who can confirm what was said…We were told that he was dumped and those who brought him ran away.

The doctor told us that when the nurse were trying to fix the card,the two people that brought him ran away and their footage could not identify those who brought him and ran cos they hid their faces with caps.

They refused to tell us anything,the medical director told us that because they ran away it was now a police matter and that we should go to the police station.
I posted online asking Davido why they abandoned Tagbo on my way to the police station because i was so angry and needed answers.

I sent Davido personal messages but he didnt reply until i called him out on the social media and he told me to take down the post and he would tell me what happened.I took down the post and told him to come to the police station but he never showed up..Tagbos family members came from far but davido and his manager did not show up.
Tagbos phone and shoes are missing and someone went on tagbos instagram and deleted all the videos he posted of being with davido on that day and eventually deleted the account.we quickly munched all the videos on snap chat…tagbo was with Dammy Krane,Davido and Asha asika.

Davido knew that tagbo was dead but kept quiet.He told the Police later that he would have spoken out if i didnt call him out on the social media..can you imagine.
Tagbo meant everything to a lot of people…his widowed mum who is recovering from an ailment ..I am pleading with anybody who has info on who drive tagbos dead body to the hospital to come forward…

We want to know what happened and how tagbo died.Davido we are not calling you a killer but we need to know hat happened to Tagbo,you owe him this because he loved you like a brother,he took you like a brother,do it for him and call out the people you assigned to drive him…Please.
*Breaks down crying again*
They alleged that the late Tagbo is your last child’s baby daddy, can you confirm or deny?

I have woken up t see all sorts of allegations and it is really laughable because the whole idea is to divert the attention form the questions i am asking about what happened to Tagbo. I will address this once and for all.Number one,i met Tagbo when i was legally divorced and out of My ex’ house to start a new life…….
Yes we were dating.
My daughter is three years old and I only met Tagbo last year,so its not possible that tagbo is the father of Elizabeth.

The person who posted that info claims to have Tagbos phone and claims he went to DNA with Baba,who is baba?

Let us leave sentiments aside,trying to blackmail me to keep quiet will not work or change anything.we need justice for Tagbo..

No one is accusing anyone of being a murderer but we need to know what happened and why everyone is quiet…My anger is that he was abandoned by those supposed to be his friends and brothers.Davido and Tagbo were very close and I am angry with Davido for keeping quiet.

Those who drink tequila should come out and confirm if 30 shots of tequila is strong enough to kill..

Stop protecting whoever is guilty,someone is dead,please!”

Police begins investigation of the death of Davido’s friend, Tagbo

Davido

The Lagos State Police Command has commenced investigations to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of Tagbo, a friend of the hip hop musician, David Adeleke, popularly called Davido.
The command said it was awaiting the result of an autopsy conducted on the deceased to ascertain the cause of death, which would guide its investigations.
The Acting Commissioner of Police in the state, Edgar Imohimi, said on Thursday that he had and met with Davido and other parties involved in the case.

Tagbo reportedly died on the eve of his birthday on Tuesday at a bar in the Lekki area of the state.

A Nigerian actress, Caroline Danjuma, had, through a post on Instagram, accused Davido of dumping Tagbo’s corpse at the General Hospital, Lagos, after he allegedly died in his (Davido’s) car.
The actress alleged in the post, which she later deleted, that Davido and his crew fled after depositing the corpse.
Danjuma wrote, “Davido where is Tagbo? He was with you and your crew last night. You all wore fez caps to hide your identities after he died in your car. You dumped him at the general hospital and ran away…the law must play its role this time…you all better provide Tagbo alive.@davidoofficial.
“After you all abandoned him at the general hospital, you continued your stupid grooving at DNA and had the nerves to promote your show. This is not an ordinary boy that you can intimidate his family…we need you to tell us how he died in your car and why you ran away. The police and the hospital confirmed that you all ran away. If you think your money can save you, you just met your match.”

She also dismissed insinuations that Tagbo died from drunkenness, saying he was not a drunkard.
“Even in death, lies are being told of you. Those who knew you knew you never drank to an extent of getting drunk…the wicked shall never go unpunished. RIP. The truth is already out. Today (Wednesday) is your birthday. Happy super birthday,” Danjuma added.
Davido had also responded to Danjuma’s post via Snapchat, absolving himself from Tagbo’s death.
The celebrity musician described the allegation as “false” and vowed not make further comments on the incident.
Davido wrote, “People are just wicked and this is what I get for treating everyone like a brother. I was deeply saddened to hear the sudden death of my friend, Tagbo. First and foremost, my sincere condolences and prayers are with the family at this time. I’ve been in the same position before, multiple times and of recent.
“But it is disappointing that false information and complete lies have been put out there, using my name as usual. Out of total respect for Tagbo and his family, I will not discuss this matter further for now. Rest in peace, Tagbo.”
But the Commissioner of Police, Imohimi, said on Thursday that the command had commenced investigations into the incident.
He said all the parties involved had met with the police and had been advised to embrace peace while investigations continued.
The CP, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone, said no foul play was suspected so far.
He, however, noted that the autopsy report would give proper directions to the case.
He said, “The Lion Building Police Division is investigating a case of sudden and unnatural death. The person concerned, who was Davido’s friend, was brought in dead to a general hospital on Lagos Island and the doctor notified the police.
“The autopsy report will be out tomorrow (Friday) or Monday and that would determine the cause of death. The deceased’s girlfriend insinuated that Davido had a hand in the friend’s death because they (Tagbo and Davido) were seen together in a bar somewhere in Lekki, having a nice time.
“I called all the parties concerned because there is always the need for the police to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order. The police are already investigating the circumstances surrounding the death and we are ensuring that all possible angles are touched. We will issue a statement after investigations. Meanwhile, there is no need for speculations.”

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See Diezanni Madueke and Gen Abdulsalami’s house in London (video)

Russian anti-corruption activist Roman Borisovich led a tour of street of London to showcase properties owned by prominent Nigerians through fraudulent deals

Properties owned by  Diezani Alison-Madueke, Abdulsalami Abubakar, and other prominent Nigerians have been featured on “kleptocracy tours” of London.
The tours, organized by anti-corruption activists, highlight properties owned by corrupt foreign politicians.

On an Al-Jazeera report of the kleptocracy tour, property owned by a former military head of state Abdulsalami Abubakar was highlighted.
‘Kleptocracy tour’ highlights London money-laundering

Rachel Davis-Teka of Transparency International UK said there are over 40,000 homes in London that are owned by individuals unknown to London authorities, making it easy for corrupt politicians to hide their loot in the city.

Some of the tours are hosted by Russian anti-corruption activist Roman Borisovich. While his tours had generally featured prominent Russian and Middle Eastern politicians and business leaders, he has recently begun featuring properties owned by Nigerians.
“Our goal is to stop the avalanche of dirty money that is pouring into the real estate in the UK and particularly into central London,” he told Al-Jazeera.
It would be recalled that Mrs. Alison-Madueke is under investigation in UK and USA
See the video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmGFIR9AFQI

Port Harcourt Pastor infects a Pregnant woman with HIV during Deliverance

The womenfolk in Africa are endangered species. Women are so incensed with religion. Do you blame an average Nigerain woman when basic and cheap and health facilities are lacking. Simple medical ailment or a disorder that can be solved medically, maybe out of ignorance or financial in capability, has landed  a pregnant woman in a serious problem that will affect her permanently;

A 23-year-old pastor identified as Kingsley Ihunda has been arraigned by a Port Harcourt chief magistrates’ court for allegedly infecting a pregnant woman, Ejiro Abua with HIV.
The incident happened at the Ada-George area of Diobu, Port Harcourt Local Government of Rivers State.
The woman, a mother of one, narrated that she had lost two pregnancies, and was directed to the pastor by one Treasure Victor, 40, a female herbalist, for special prayers.
As she alleged in the court, it was during the process of deliverance that the pastor Ihunda infected her with HIV following a ‘holy bite’

The woman told the court that she also lost the pregnancy.
She also told the court that she consulted the herbalist for assistance to stop the hotness of her womb, which she suspected to be the cause of her miscarriages, but instead of helping her, she directed her to Pastor Ihunda, whom she said worked with her.
She explained that the pastor allegedly asked her to pay N1,500 for olive oil for prayer.
According to her, “When I objected to paying the money, he told me that if I refused to pay, my husband and child would die. The woman (herbalist), supported him and encouraged me to pay the money.
“She said she had brought other expectant mothers, who had the same problem, to the pastor, and after payment and prayers, their problems were solved.
“When I heard this, I decided to pay and come for prayers. During prayers, he asked me to raise my clothes, I refused, but the herbalist encouraged me to comply.
“He rubbed oil on my waist, bit me, sucked my blood and spat it out, claiming that was the cause of my problem and it had been solved.”
The woman further alleged that she tested positive for HIV few months later but her husband tested negative, adding that it was discovered the pastor infected her.
The pastor and the herbalist were charged with conspiracy, assault and pretence.
The Police prosecutor, Jonas Rufus, told the court that the crime was committed on July 27 at Ada George, Mile 3, Diobu, Port Harcourt.
According to him, the offences breached sections 516(A), 351, 335 and 343(g) of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Volume II Laws of Rivers State Nigeria 1999.
However, the accused pleaded not guilty and were admitted to bail.
The matter was adjourned till Sept. 29 for hearing.

Can you imagine a self proclaimed man of God working in partnership with a herbalist?

What a wicked world!

Nigerian Policemen handcuffs a man to a vehicle to extort money

Deputy Police Force spokesperson

Some policemen attached to the Osun State Police Command have allegedly dehumanised a bus passenger at the Erinmo Ijesa end of the Iwaraja-Efon Alaaye Road, Osun State.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the policemen, who were in a Hilux van, mounted a checkpoint on the road and extorted money from commercial bus drivers.
However, a commercial bus driver, who was stopped, reportedly refused to pay them any money and was ordered to park by the roadside.

After the driver parked, one of the passengers was said to have alighted from the bus to urinate in a bush.
Our correspondent was told that the driver, on discovering that the attention of the policemen had shifted to another vehicle, quickly drove off, abandoning the man that went to urinate.
A monarch, the Owa Tapa of Itapa Ijesha, Dr Olapade Agoro, whose university’s site was around the area, said the abandoned passenger was picked up by the policemen and handcuffed to the patrol van.
He explained that the victim was handcuffed to the van for over two hours during which he soiled himself, as his cry for mercy fell on deaf ears.
He said, “The sad and highly embarrassing incident happened on Sunday (September 10, 2017).  The commercial bus the man was travelling in was stopped by the police for the usual ‘palm greasing’. The man came down from the vehicle to urinate.
“However, the deal between the driver and the policemen failed, prompting the police to ask the driver to park properly by the roadside while they attended to another vehicle.
“While they focussed on the other vehicle, the driver used the opportunity to speed off, leaving behind the passenger who went to urinate in the bush. When the passenger came back to discover that the bus had gone, he made enquiries about its whereabouts.
“Immediately the police officers discovered that he was on the bus that sped off, they pounced on him and thereafter handcuffed one of his hands to the back of the police van. The man was left handcuffed to the vehicle between the hours of 11am  and 1pm, during which he urinated on himself and wept profusely.”
He said he was angry at the maltreatment of the victim and he challenged the policemen.
Agoro said the cops subsequently released the passenger, who later came to his palace to appreciate the intervention.
“While still crying over his ordeal, he made me to realise that he had no money as the policemen had forcefully removed the last money on him from his pocket. I had to, on compassionate ground, give him N1,000 that enabled him to find his way back to his Aramoko Ekiti place of abode,” he added.
The traditional ruler said the inscription on the patrol van showed it belonged to policemen from the Osun Police Command, adding that fear prevented a resident from taking a clear snapshot of both the victim and the patrol number.
He, however, said he would recognise the men if he saw them again.
“I have a university site around the place, so there is a bump on the road. Because of the bump, vehicles are forced to slow down and the policemen use that as an opportunity to extort money from commercial drivers. Sometimes, they shoot indiscriminately. They have been doing this for a long time, but this incident was appalling.
“The situation of things in this country is terrible; but the policemen should not have tied the man down like an animal. The man urinated on himself and they didn’t care until I challenged them,” he added.
The spokesperson for the state police command, SP Odoro Folashade, said she could not react to the incident because the case had yet to be reported to any police station.
She said, “He should go and report to the nearest police station; then I will call them and find out what happened. What reaction do you want from me when the case has not been reported? He should go and establish his case, and then we will investigate.”

Kidnapping Kingpin, Evans pleads guilty

Evans

Billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, on Wednesday, pleaded guilty to kidnapping charges brought against him by the Lagos State Government.He was charged alongside five of his accomplices.
Evans pleaded guilty to a two count charge of kidnapping brought against him by the state. He promptly responded that ‘I am guilty’ when the charges were read to him.
Evans was represented by his counsel, Olukoya Ogungbeje. It can be recalled that presiding judge, Justice Abdulaziz Anka had initially fixed Tuesday to deliver judgment on the suit but a lawyer to the Inspector General of Police,  David Igbodo filed a counter affidavit before the court.
Citing reasons for the action, Igbodo said; “It will be an injustice for judgment to be delivered without hearing our own side,”
He further added: “The Inspector General of Police devoted time, efforts, intelligence, and strategies to ensure that he was arrested. He beat strategies for the past six years. When he was arrested, it took time for the police to complete investigations and very soon, Nigerians will be made to know what is the next line of action for Evans.”

See Money Doubler or Wash Wash in action (video)

If you live in the city like Lagos, you must have heard or had an encounter with scammers or fraudsters call money doubler. What it means they claimed they can double you money for you by washing your money with  special chemicals.

Many must have fallen victims but nemesis caught up with a gang, arrested by  RRS (a special police unit calls Rapid Response  Squad)

The gang were asked to show how they deceive their victims.

See the video below

IGP you are corrupt, Senator Misau but Misau you are a deserter, Police responded

IGP collects N120bn annually from firms, VIPs –Senator Misau
The senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Isah Misau, has taken a swipe at the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, alleging that Idris collected about N120bn annually as payment for special security services rendered by the police to corporate organisations and very important personalities.
He, however, added that over 50,000 personnel involved in such act had not been benefitting from the money.
Misau, who is a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, had also alleged that the special promotion of officers by the force was fraught with corruption, an allegation the IGP subsequently set a panel to investigate.
But the senator said he would not honour the invitation of the IGP’s probe panel because the police could not be a judge in a case involving them.
He said the Department of State Services or the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission should be given the task of investigating his claims.
However, speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, the lawmaker, who denied the allegation by police authorities that he was on a vendetta against the force due to his dismissal from the service, alleged that posting of senior officers such as commissioners and mobile police commanders attracted between N10m and N15m bribe.
Misau said, “Based on available records, series of petitions and reports from insiders, the incumbent IGP has no capacity to run the police, just like the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro (retd.), a former IGP, who also lacks similar capacity going by the N300m scam and others hanging on his neck since 2011 during the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party, where he served as the head of the security committee.
“Specifically, the IGP, on good authority from within the force, collects over N10bn on monthly basis as money for special security provided by men of the force to corporate bodies and highly placed individuals, including criminals, running to N120bn on a yearly basis without any reflection in the police’ annual budget or internally generated revenue.”
“On nepotism, the IGP is scoring high marks by making almost half of the mobile commanders in the country people of his Nupe extraction.”
According to the senator, such postings have not helped the police in their war against crime in the country.
“Police is not a political outfit and should not be allowed to be turned into one by IGP Idris,” he stated.
Misau also dismissed the allegation made by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshhod, that he (Misau) was dismissed for misconduct while displaying his letter of retirement issued by the Police Service Commission.
The letter, dated March 5, 2014, and signed by one Mrs. Garos Logams, on behalf of the then Permanent Secretary/Secretary to the PSC, read in part, “I wish to inform you that the commission has approved your retirement from the service of the Nigeria Police Force with effect from 1st December, 2010, after 10 years of meritorious service.”
Speaking further on why he would not honour the invitation by the IGP’s probe panel, Misau, in the telephone interview with Saturday PUNCH, stated, “You cannot be the judge in your own case. If really their hands are clean, they should bring an independent body. They brought the invitation (to me) because of fear.
“Under the Freedom of Information Act, they should make something like that public. It means they are not fair in what they are doing. If there is no corruption (in the process), they should make it public.
“They set up a panel led by one retired judge but the allegation is against them (police) and you cannot be the judge in your own case.”
Misau further alleged that there was more corruption in the Nigeria Police and the Police Service Commission apart from those in the promotion exercise.
He said, “Let me give you an example of the so many corruption cases that are taking place. More than 10,000 policemen are working with the oil companies and every month the companies are paying money. Where is the money going? Is the money going into the Federal Government’s coffers or into some people’s pockets?
“We have over 10,000 officers working in banks. Are they paying money to the Federal Government? Who are they paying the money to? Where is the money? We have policemen in thousands working for companies and private individuals. Go to the airports and you will see that people of questionable character have policemen attached to them. Are they paying money to the Federal Government?
“Why should the Federal Government train a policeman, give him uniform and gun; and then he is passed to an individual who will not pay anything to the Federal Government. Is that right under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration?
“Last week, an organisation accused the Nigeria Police of bribery amounting to N400bn. Am I the person who said it?”
The senator said before he received the panel’s invitation, he had written the police authorities in which he invoked the Freedom of Information Act to compel the force to provide details of promotions since 2009, including the beneficiaries and reasons for their promotion.
He said police’s response was that he was not the chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs and was not eligible to request for the information.
“I replied them again that I wrote not as chairman of the committee but as a citizen of Nigeria and as a senator who made an allegation and who wants to further show them that what he is saying is true,” he said.
The lawmaker alleged that although police were at the forefront of anti-corruption campaigns in developed countries, corruption had prevented Nigeria Police from leading the anti-graft war by the Buhari-led administration.

Misau is a habitual liar –Police

While reacting to the allegations, the police described Misau as “a habitual liar and police deserter who would be brought to justice for his crimes.”
The Force spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said Misau was parading a forged retirement letter and called on the Senate to direct the former police officer to return to the force to face the disciplinary committee.
He said, “Everything Misau said is false; he is a habitual and unrepentant liar. DSP Isa Hamma is still a police officer, he is not a senator, his real name is Isa Hamma and his name is still on the police staff list.
“He deserted the force and didn’t fill the emolument form; he forged and paraded a retirement letter dated 2014 while he contested in the House of Representatives election in Bauchi State in 2011 and lost. He exited the force unceremoniously in 2010, but he is parading a letter dated 2014.”
Moshood said the police would give the Senate Ethics and Privileges Committee some time to deal with Misau, adding that if they failed, the police would have no choice than to arrest him and charge him for desertion and forgery.
He added, “He (Misau) should know that desertion and forgery are criminal offences and the police are going to pursue that. The Senate should ask DSP Hamma to return to the police to face a disciplinary committee for the various offenses he had committed. He is not qualified to be a senator and we are going to bring him to justice.”