According to Peoples Gazette, the former police chief is being housed in the palace of emir of Bida after losing his Abuja home to his new wife, Asta Ibrahim Idris.
The IGP’s family accused Asta, a retired police helicopter pilot he married in 2017, of taking over the assets he had laboured to acquire all his life; while also ruining his life by subjecting him to physical and psychological ordeal, Peoples Gazette reports.
They have kick-started a judicial process to seek a divorce from his wife. But, they first they want to ensure that Mr Idris’ assets are not entirely depleted before the final court resolution on the marriage.
In an interview, Mrs. Idris admitted to the Gazette that a divorce process was underway, but said she was still in love with her husband and family assets were properly preserved.
The crisis between the couple reportedly started since their elaborate wedding ceremony in early October 2017 which was attended by top politicians.
Their relationship blossomed when Asta was a then-deputy police superintendent who trained at the aviation college in Kaduna.
61-year-old Idris then allegedly made efforts to quickly elevate his newfound lover as a police superintendent, but this was frustrated by the Police service commission, sources told Peoples Gazette.
Mr. Idris then suggested she abandon her police career altogether in the pilot wing under operations department.
He subsequently took her as his new wife and rented a new apartment for her in Abuja. A few months after, Mr. Idris had a clash with his first wife.
The ex-IG asked the first wife to move out of the official police quarters the family was occupying in Maitama at the time, after which the new wife moved in, sources said.
Idris had prior to his retirement, acquired new assets and moved into one of them when he after the handover of office duties to the new inspector-general in January 2019.
But Mr. Idris’ family said he never enjoyed his marriage to Asta, and sought regularly to punish the former police chief with physical and mental assault.