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Police recant, say Misau’s retirement letter genuine

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The Police Service Commission has declared as genuine, the retirement letter issued to the Senate Committee Chairman on Navy, Senator Isah Misau.

The special panel set up by the commission found that the letter was issued by the department of recruitment and that it followed due process.

The Head, Press and Public Relations of the commission, Ikechukwu Ani, confirmed to our correspondent on Wednesday that Misau’s name was listed among 111 others who retired from the force in 2010.

Misau, who is engaged in a running battle with the police, had presented a retirement letter dated March 5,2014 signed by a retired official, Mrs. Garos Logam, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, Police Service Commission.

His problem with the police started when he alleged that policemen paid bribes for special promotion.

The senator followed this with another allegation that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was pocketing N120bn annually as payment for special security services rendered by the police to corporate organisations and Very Important Persons.

Stung by these accusations, the police declared the ex-DSP a deserter, saying his retirement letter was forged.

The special panel headed by a retired Supreme Court justice, Justice Olufunlola  Adekeye, had last week invited the senator for authentication of his document but he snubbed the summons.

 Ani stated that the commission had found that Misau’s retirement letter was genuine, noting that it was issued following a recommendation from the force headquarters.

He said, “The letter was based on the recommendation from the force headquarters because they normally send recommendations on retiring police officers.

“So, the recommendation came and based on it, the commission issued a letter with reference number PSC/1034/Vol. 8/244 to Misau. We issued the letter and it followed due process.”

Findings revealed that Misau’s retirement was to take effect from December 1, 2010.

Our correspondent learnt that investigators found some discrepancies in the senator’s retirement letter, but sources in the commission explained that the alleged inconsistencies did not diminish the authenticity of the document.

It was learnt that Misau was number 16 on the list of 111 retiring police officers whose names were forwarded to the commission by the force headquarters for issuance of retirement letters.

A source explained, “The letter from the force headquarters got to the chairman’s office on February 28, 2014 and the same day, the files of all the concerned officers were moved to the department of recruitment which started processing the retirement letters with the files of the officers because they (files)must be checked to ensure that the retiring officers have no pending issues.”

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