Senate vs IGP

The Senate today stated that the Inspector General of Police,
Ibrahim Kpotum Idris should stop holding on to the straw on why
he refused to comply with the invitation of the Senate for him to
come and explain what the Police are doing on the spate of killings
across the country.
In a statement by its spokesman, Sen. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the
Senate said the crux of the matter that informed the invitation is
the ceaseless spate of killings across the country and that matters
concerning the arrest of Senator Melaye has in fact been overtaken
by events.
“We noted the response issued by one Jimoh Moshood on behalf
of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris following
yesterday’s resolution of the legislative chamber on the continued
refusal of the IGP to honour the invitation for him to come and
explain what the police are doing to halt the spate of killings
across the country.
“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.
“No responsible body of representives of the people will ignore sad
reports given by members on the floor of the Senate. For instance,
on April 24, 2 Catholic priests and and 17 members of their
congregation were murdered as reported by Senator George
Akume. Also, Senators Kabir Marafa and Tijani Kaura had earlier
intimated the Senate of the killing of 35 people in Maradun LGA,
over 100 people killed in Anka and 36 people killed in Birani Village
in Zurmi LGA, all in Zamfara State. Even as at now, reports
reaching us showed that recent killings have occurred in Kaduna,
Taraba and Benue States. These were just few instances of daily
occurrences of gruesome murder of our constituents as raised by
Senators. 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
“Mr. Idris should not seek to confuse issues or play on the
intelligence of members of the public with his diversionary
statement or claims. The resolution of the Senate leading to his
invitation is clear and we invite our people to check. It is for the
purpose of having a transparent and open hearing that we fixed his
appearance for Wednesday when our plenary sitting enjoys live
coverage on national television.
“In one instance in the past, Mr. Idris had gone to court in order to
evade honouring the invitation of the Senate and the court headed
by Justice Abba Bello Mohammed of the FCT High Court on April
10, 2018, told him in clear terms that his suit lacked merit as
Sections 88 and 89 of the constitution empower the lawmakers to
carry out investigations on issues of public interest.
“Any public officer who plans to place himself above an arm of
government obviously is not fit to remain in office. Mr. Idris is only
afraid of his shadows by alleging witch-hunt when he is called to
account on the performance of the duties of his organization

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