Inspector general of police a treat to democracy- senate

The Senate has declared the Inspector General of Police, Mr
Ibrahim Idris, as an ‘enemy of democracy’ and that he is unfit to
hold a public office.
Senate President Bukola Saraki announced this on Wednesday
during plenary at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly in
Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The announcement followed the refusal of the police boss to
appear in person before the lawmakers after he was summoned
earlier on two different occasions.
Earlier, the Senate entered a closed-door session which began at
about 12:24 pm and lasted for about almost an hour.
Upon resumption of the plenary, Dr Saraki revealed that the
lawmakers deliberated on the non-appearance of the IGP after a
series of invitation.
According to him, Red Chamber noted that the development was
disrespectful to the institution and constitutional authority.
“The Senate resolves to declare the IGP as an enemy of
democracy and not fit to hold any public office within and outside
Nigeria and that the refusal of the IG to appear before an
investigative committee, as also ruled by a court of competent
jurisdiction, is a great danger to our democracy” the Senate
President said.
Meanwhile, some senators have criticised the police boss over his
non-appearance at the Red Chamber.
The Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, said “It is very unusual
for a public servant to act like this; I have never seen this before
anywhere in the world. We need to take a decision because this
affects security in the entire country.”
For Senator Enyinaya Abaribe, the action of the IGP shows that
there is “no respect for the law” in the country.
He decried that the nation’s democracy is dying bit by bit and
accused Mr Idris of abuse of power and office.
On his part, Senator Isah Misau said although the action was not
against the Senate but against the Presidency, he noted that the
IGP is not competent to be in the office.
“This is unacceptable and disrespectful. It requires immediate
action and I think this Senate needs to take serious action in
looking for a way forward,” Senator Emmanuel Bwacha also told
his colleagues.

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