A public interest lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi Esq, has described the invitation of the Police Service Commission (PSC) Senator Misau for appearance before it as “a show of ignorance and an admission of administrative ineptitude.”
The commission has invited the serving Senator who is a retired Police officer to appear for investigation and clarification over the allegation by the Police Force of the forgery of his resignation letter from its employ.
But in a statement yesterday in Abuja, Olajengbesi said the actionof the Police Commission “inviting for investigation a person who has left their services is not only a contravention of the law but a gross over-reach of permitted constitutional limits.
“By the context and content of that summon, the Commission turns logic on its head. That invitation and it’s purpose is a show of ignorance and an admission of administrative ineptitude.
“How on earth would the expected and legitimate custodians of a document, where same emanates from their authority, call upon an outsider to produce his copy of same ostensibly to prove it’s authenticity rather than go through their record to ascertain the validity or otherwise of the document, if same ever existed or emanated from them.”
While making reference to cases of Tony Momoh v Senate of the National Assembly (1981) NCLR 105 and El Rufai v. House of Representatives ((2003) FWLR (Pt. 173) 162) among others, the lawyer urged PSC to “either release a publication as to the authenticity or otherwise of Senator Misau’s resignation letter or apologise to the public for making a collective mess of a national agency.
“We are not impressed and are particularly nauseated by the apparent abuse of power by the Commission and the Police Force.
“We demand that this dance of absurdity be properly investigated by a special commission and all culpable parties be served their due by law without fail. We are approaching the dawn of a new reality in the acceptable standards of all national institutions and thus refuse to accept the attempt by recalcitrant persons within the Service Commission and the Police Force to undermine the constitution and insult the collective intelligence of us all. This must not continue.”