IGP: Police To Challenge Senate's Declaration In Court

Sheri Evans
May 12, 2018

The Nigeria police have vowed to challenge Senate's declaration of their boss, Ibrahim Idris, as unfit to hold public office in the country and overseas in court.

The IGP's action will be seen as a slap in the face of a federal legislature struggling to bolster its reputation among Nigerians.

But in a statement by its spokesman, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi on Thursday, May 10, 2018, the Senate said the crux of the matter that informed the invitation is the ceaseless spate of killings across the country adding that matters concerning the arrest of Senator Melaye had been overtaken by events.

"The Senate views his persistent refusal as a great danger to our democracy".

According to him, the development is embarrassing to the country and also to President Muhammadu Buhari. 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".

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".

The Senate has now entered a closed-door session to determine the next course of action.

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.

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"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.

Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP-Taraba) said it was a sad moment for democracy. "It requires immediate action and i think this Senate needs to take serious action in looking for a way forward". We can not stand this embarrassment any longer.

Idris was asked to attend the senate plenary today, May 9.

"The National Assembly must stop complaining and whining like school children but should invoke their powers of adjustment of the constitution in accordance with Section 9 of the Nigerian constitution", HURIWA said.

He also noted that sections 88 and 89 of the Constitution empowers the legislature to summon the Police boss.

"The delegated Officers went with a brief of the Inspector-General of Police on the matter to the senate but the Senate refused to listen to the Officers".

"Official functions of the IGP can be performed by the DIG or the Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs)".

In another development, Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, commended residents of the Polo GRA area of the state for foiling suicide bomb attacks on a mosque in the early hours of yesterday.

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