IG Idris 'enemy of democracy' - Senate


The Police Commissioner in Kano state, CP Rabi'u Yusuf has said that no amount of campaign of calumny and intimidation will deter the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris from discharging his statutory duties.

At another date when he was expected to show up, the IGP went to Birin Gwari, Kaduna state, on a working visit.

Also, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha called for a closed session for the lawmakers to determine the action to be taken by the Senate against the IG.

Senate President Bukola Saraki, who announced the submission, said: "The Senate noted that his (IGP) earlier refusal to appear before our investigative committee was overruled by a court of competent jurisdiction just in April this year".

The upper house at plenary on Wednesday, declared the I-G as enemy of democracy and unfit to hold any public office within and outside the country for failing to honour its invitation thrice.

The Police have now responded to the Senate declaration.

In a statement signed on Wednesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, the police said the IGP is not and will not be an enemy of democracy.

According to the police chief, he did not have to appear before the lawmakers, noting that a senior police officer of the rank of Deputy Inspector-General or an Assistant Inspector-General could act on his behalf in an official capacity at any function. Unfortunately, the IGP was with the President in Bauchi and he delegated a DIG.

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Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police, yesterday, cautioned applicants undergoing screening for the 6,000-recruit positions not to offer bribes to any officer or individual.

Other Senator who added their voice to the argument, berated the actions of the Police boss and advised that the Senate takes necessary action and look for a way forward. Dino Melaye is simply holding on to straw.

"If an appointee of the President will refuse to honour invitation of an institution, it is unfortunate".

"Let it be known that the IGP by trying to reduce the reason for his invitation by the senate to the arrest of Sen".

" It is factual and verifiable that Sen".

" 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 global community".

Moshood however, pleaded with Nigerians to discard the resolution of the Senate on the I-G.

He said, "The Nigeria Police Force as a law-abiding organization will continue to hold the Senate in high esteem but wishes to impress on the Senate not to harbour criminal elements among its fold or condone criminality".

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