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14 ThURSDAY, OCTOBeR 12, 2017 news Charges against Misau won’t stop IG probe – Senate panel chair Leke Baiyewu, Abuja T he Senate has indicated its readiness to continue with the investigation of the allegations levelled against the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, by Senator Isa Misau. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Sam Anyanwu, told our correspondent that the panel would continue with the probe since it was not joined in the suit filed by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation against Misau on behalf of the police boss. When Anyanwu was asked through a text message if his committee would go ahead with the investigation, as the AGF had filed a suit against Misau on behalf of the IGP, his reply was, “The committee or the Senate is not a party to the suit.” The Senate had on October 4, 2017 resolved to probe into Misau’s allegations bordering on corruption and misconduct against Idris. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had mandated the Senate Committee on ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the circumstances surrounding Misau’s disengagement from the Nigeria Police. Idris had alleged that Misau was a deserter. Saraki also set up an ad hoc committee to probe into the allegations against the Nigeria Police and Idris, including alleged collection of N120bn annually from high- profile persons and corporate organisations for security services. The Senate President named the Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena as Chairman of the panel; and senators Joshua Lidani, Binta Masi Garba, Duro Faseyi, Nelson Effiong, Obinna Ogba, Abdul-Azeez Murtala-Nyako and Suleiman hunkuyi as members. The two committees were mandated to report back to the Senate in two weeks. Misau, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, had on August 25 accused Idris of extorting money, ranging from N10m to N15m, from Commissioners of Police, State Mobile Commanders and Special Protection Units Commande