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Senate tasks IGP on killings

Fred Itua and Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja

Twenty fours after the Senate declared the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris as unfit to hold any public office, the upper legislative chamber has again told the police boss to come clean on insecurity.

It admonished him to stop holding on to straw on why he refused to comply with the invitation to come and explain the effort of the police to halt the spate of killings across the country.

In a statement by its spokesman, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate denied that the decision to summon the IG was informed by the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye.

“Let it be known that the IGP by trying to reduce the reason for his invitation by the Senate to the arrest of Sen. Dino Melaye is simply holding on to straw. The issue of Sen. Melaye’s arrest has been overtaken by events. The courts are already handling the related cases. Our main concern is the security crisis across the country where people are being killed in scores on daily basis.

“The primary responsibility of the Police is maintenance of law and order as well as protection of lives and property. If there is a breach along the line of this responsibility, we do not see why the IGP should feel he cannot be invited to offer explanation to the arm of government which is constitutionally empowered to ask questions and investigate the breach.
Abdullahi said Idris should not seek to confuse issues or play on the intelligence of members of the public with his diversionary statement or claims.

The Representatives also backed the Senate. Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, who spoke with Daily Sun during the opening of the 2018 first ordinary session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, wondered why the police chief should snub an invitation extended to him for an oversight function.

“How can you invite an Inspector General of Police to come for an oversight by the National Assembly and the man refused bluntly to come. Who does he think he is?” Lasun asked.

“There is no pure explanation. It is just pure grandstanding and lack of understanding of what representative democracy is all about.”
However, the police authorities have vowed to challenge the summon.

Speaking on a live television programme, yesterday, Commissioner of Police (Legal), Force Headquarters, Mr. David Igbodo, declared: “That declaration, we are going to challenge it (in court). We want the court to interpret whether each time the IGP is invited to appear before the National Assembly (NASS), whether he must, as a matter of fact, appear in person.”

Idris was first summoned on April 25; rather than appear, he sent a DIG to represent him at the Senate, noting that he was on an official assignment in Bauchi with President Muhammadu Buhari. On May 2, he again failed to honour summon.
Defending his principal, Igbodo explained that the IGP acted in accordance with the law by delegating the DIG to represent him in an official capacity.

“Official functions of the IGP can be performed by the DIG or the Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs). So why are they insisting that it must be the IGP to appear in person?

“What is personal about it? The facts are known to the DIG (Operations). The facts are known to all the DIGs. They are expected to brief the NASS, why are they making it personal?”

CP Igbodo further accused the Senators of making the issue personal, wondering why the police chief cannot assign another senior officer on official assignments.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 11th May 2018 at 7:25 am

    The club of bandits nickname NASS are complicit and collaborators of the enemy in the enemy’s murder of this territory natives and in the enemy’s plunder of this territory natives God given wealth. The club of bandits nickname NASS facilitates the instruments nickname budget etc. with which the enemy plunder this territory natives God given wealth and funds the enemy’s brainwashed terrorism mercenaries nickname military, police etc. who are behind the attacks and killings of this territory natives in disguise as so-called herdsmen etc. to subdue this territory natives under fulani Political Control via fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates under the fraudulent political name Nigeria. The club of bandits nickname NASS must go down with the enemy in this climax of the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world. God given Victory is the natives’. Only the Sword decides. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Tsebee Aondohemba Jude 11th May 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Nigeria This Is Time To Wake Up To The Reality, Vote A Leader That Will Bring Us Out From Slavery, Iam Emphasising On The Body Of Christ, Arise And Take Your Place In This Nation, We Have Be Suldue, Suppress By Islam This Is The Time We Arise And Fight For Our Right And Stop The Killing And Ask God To Avenge The Death Of Our Brothers And Sisters In This Nation

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