IGP: Police tackle Senate again

Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Media and Public Affairs Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi

Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Media and Public Affairs Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi

There is nowhere in the world where security matters are discussed on National Television, even the Senate deliberation and Decision on the appearance of the IGP were done in close session. As we said in a previous editorial, police botched the arrest process and charged Melaye to court for the laughable charge of attempted suicide.

In a statement in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, ACP Jimoh Moshood, the police faulted the fresh claim by the Senate that the police boss was being invited to brief it on killings going on in some parts of the country, saying that it was after-thought. The IGP definitely should not have any problem with an invitation for him to tell the Senate what he and his men are doing to stop the killings as well as their challenges and needs in doing this. Also over Five Thousand (5000) prohibited firearms have been recovered from wrong hands across the Federation on the directives of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni, in the mop-up operations now ongoing throughout the Country.

Recall that senate had yesterday declared Idris unfit to hold any public position and equally pronounced him a threat to Nigeria's democracy.

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The PDP said that it was "unfortunate" that Idris had, for the third time, shunned the Senate invitation over the worsening security situation in the nation. These are part of the brief the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations was delegated by the IGP to deliver on his behalf to the Senate, but he was not allowed. Copies of the two invitation letters are attached for clarity and public information. The assumption that senators will raise this matter is no reason for the IG to ignore Senate's summons. He later said the invitation was a "deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting with mischievous motives to hand-twist him to pervert the end of justice in a felonious and serious offenses relating to Senator Dino Melaye".

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Itse Sagay, on Thursday, said he is never impressed by the Senate of the 8th National Assembly, adding that the upper chamber "is probably the worst we have ever had since the return to civilian rule".

"The Inspector General of Police has on the basis above directed me to inform you that he will not be available to appear before the Senate on the 9th May 2018 or any other date pending the conclusion of the cases already pending in the courts", CP Igbodo said.

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Moshood disclosed that the IGP has appeared 10 times before the Senate on different issues of national importance since he assumed duty in June 2016.

He said that the Force as a law abiding entity would continue to uphold the rule of law in all its ramifications.

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