"I Owe You No Apologies" - Police IG Idris Replies Senate

Angelica Greene
May 12, 2018

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. On Wednesday, the senate declared him unfit to hold public office.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, after a closed-door session on Wednesday, made the announcement.

In his reaction, senator Enyinnaya Abaribe called for stiff punishment against the IGP, pointing out that by his actions, the chief police officer has shown he has no respect for the senate while calling for a close session.

The red chamber considered his conduct as a gross disrespect to it; especially after court had overruled his earlier attempt to ignore senate invitation.

Giving a further explanation on the I.G's action, the spokesman said that the Police head had on May 8, sent a letter to the President of the Senate explaining why he would not be appearing before the Senate on May 9.

Responding to the statement released by the Police PRO, Jimoh Moshood, the Senate, through the Chairman of Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi, maintained that it was more concerned about the spate of killings across the country, for which the IG should be held accountable.

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"It is very unusual for a public servant to act like this". I believe that a decision has to be taken on the way forward.

"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. But Senator Dino Melaye refused to honour the Police invitation.

Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP-Taraba) said it was a sad moment for democracy.

"It is pertinent that the Force informs the members of the Public that other reasons for which the Senate has summoned the Inspector-General of Police is official and not personal. This is a national disgrace", he said. It is inexcusable, unacceptable and condemnable, and calls for immediate action. We can not take this embarrassment any longer. "It requires immediate action and i think this Senate needs to take serious action in looking for a way forward".

"What the IG is doing is not against the Senate, it is against the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because he is the leader today, of this country".

Reacting via a statement, yesterday, pro-democracy and non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), urged the National Assembly to amend sections of the constitution and the Police Act, to stop inspectors general from clogging the wheels of democratic governance.

Other reports by GizPress

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