Melaye's Arrest Wasn't The Reason We summoned the IGP, Says Senate

Alfred Osborne
May 12, 2018

Nigerian senators on Wednesday passed a vote of no confidence on the Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris.

Senate President Bukola Saraki made the disclosure during plenary after a closed-door section by the red chamber.

According to Moshood, the Senate's declaration of the Police boss as an enemy of democracy is a deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting, and mischief aimed at casting aspersions on the integrity of the IGP.

"It is on the basis of the above that when on the 25th of April, 2018, the Senate invited the Inspector-General of Police to appear before it on the 26th of April 2018, in respect of the felonious offenses for which Sen".

The Nigerian Senate is now locked in a closed-door meeting over the refusal of the inspector-general of police, Idris Kptum Ibrahim to appear for the third time before the upper legislative chamber.

Refuting the claims that the Police IG was summoned because of the arrest of Dino, the Senate said matters concerning Melaye's arrest had been overtaken by events.

Responding to the statement released by the Police PRO, Jimoh Moshood, the Senate, through the Chairman of Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi, maintained that it was more concerned about the spate of killings across the country, for which the IG should be held accountable.

Commenting, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe said Nigeria's democracy was dying in bits and that the IG's non-appearance was an abuse of government power.

The legislative chamber arrived at the damning proclamation, following the IGP's failure to honour its invitations - thrice in the last one month.

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"I personally feel that public officers should do what is in the interest of the public and where any public officer can not do what is in the interest of the public, there is no need for such an officer to continue to occupy that kind of position". The refusal amounts to total disrespect for Buhari who is the head of government and chief law enforcer, he said.

He noted that the legislature has come to a "crossroads" and a "decision" must be taken. But Senator Dino Melaye refused to honour the Police invitation.

Deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Bwacha, said: "It is sad".

He added that the IGP's action was inexcusable, unacceptable, and condemnable.

"We need to take a very drastic action".

" We can say that what he is doing is anything but an abuse of this institution, the federation and himself even in the eyes of the worldwide community".

Idris was asked to attend the senate plenary today, May 9.

"The Nigeria Police Force is the first defender of democracy and all democratic institutions in Nigeria and will continue to do so".

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