Senate's declaration on IGP laughable

  • Senate's declaration on IGP laughable

Senate's declaration on IGP laughable

DAILY POST reports that Idris, on Wednesday, snubbed the Senate for the third time.

Holding that the Police IG is afraid of his shadows, the Senate insisted that any public officer who sees himself above the government is truly unfit to remain in office.

Senate President Bukola Saraki described the IG as a persistent threat and enemy of democracy.

He called the Senate action against Idris "deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting with mischievous motives to hand-twist the IGP [inspector general police] to pervert the end of justice in the felonious and serious offenses of Criminal Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms" of Melaye, whose fugitive exploits have made headlines in recent weeks.

The Senate noted that this has been a gross disrespect to our constituted authority and to also know that his earlier refusal to appear before investigative committee was overruled by competent court of jurisdiction just in April this year.

He added that the leadership of the Senate has been mandated to look into the matter, preparatory to "further necessary action".

The chief law officer who was slated to appear before the Upper Legislative Chamber on Wednesday to brief lawmakers on the spate of killings and alleged inhuman treatment of Senator Dino Melaye refused to Honour the invitation.

"It is very unusual for a public servant to act like this".

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.

But the IGP has for one reason or the other failed to honour the invitation.

"He said if the Chief Law Officer can not obey the law of the land how do you now say to other people who are miscreants should obey the law", he said.

"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".

Igbodo, who hinted that the police was going to challenge the position of the Senate in court, said, "That declaration, we are going to challenge it". Dino Melaye was discharged and certified fit to stand trial by the National Hospital, Abuja before he was arraigned in Chief Magistrate Courts in Wuse, Abuja and Lokoja,"he said".

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

When the time arrived for the IGP to appear, the Senate Clerk, Nelson Ayewoh, was asked to lead him in.

He added that the IGP's action was inexcusable, unacceptable, and condemnable. We can not stand this embarrassment any longer.