Nigerian Senate declares Nigeria Police chief ‘enemy of democracy’

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – For failing to honour the invitation of the National Assembly (NASS) for the third time in two weeks, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has been pronounced an ‘enemy of democracy’ by NASS.

After first refusing to appear before NASS on April 25, the police chief still failed to appear before NASS on May 2, sending Deputy Inspector General of Police Joshak Habila to represent him. However, the Senate did not allow Habila entry to the plenary.

Again on Wednesday, May 9, 2017, IGP Idris refused to honour the third summon by NASS.

According to report, the Senate (NASS) had summoned Idris to speak on the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye, a Nigerian senator representing Kogi West constituency, and on the increasing insecurity in the country.

At the plenary on Wednesday, several senators condemned the behaviour of the police chief.

Senator Eyinaya Abaribe said, ‘What is happening today in Nigeria shows that democracy is dying bit by bit and also shows the abuse of power and office by IG.” He added that, “What the IG is doing in the eyes of the world shows that there is no respect for the law.”

Senator Ahmad Lawan said, “It is very unusual for a public servant to act like this. I have never see this before anywhere in the world; we need to take a decision because this affects security in the entire country.”

Senator Isah Misau pointed that, “What the IGP is doing is not against the Senate but the Presidency that appointed him into office; it is unfortunate. The IG is not competent to be in the office.”

Speaking also at the plenary, Senator Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, said 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. Therefore, the Senate resolves to declare the IGP as an enemy of democracy and not fit to hold any office within and outside Nigeria.’

According a more recent report, IGP Idris claimed to have notified Senator Saraki in a warning letter on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, that he would not be honouring the Senate’s summon on Wednesday.

Idris described Wednesday’s attack on his person by members of the senate as ‘deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting with mishievous motives to hand twist him to pervert the end of justice in a felonious and serious offenses’ relating to Melaye.

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