Just In: IGP Ibrahim Idris Shuns Senate Invitation For The Third Time

Police IG Ibrahim Idris

After about 50 minutes of executive session, senate reopened its doors and declared the IGP, Ibrahim Idris as unfit to occupy any position within Nigeria and overseas.

Senate President Bukola Saraki described the IG as a persistent threat and enemy of democracy.

Idris was first summoned on April 25, but he failed to appear, rather sent a DIG to represent him at the Senate, noting that he was on an official assignment to Bauchi with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police, says he owes the senate no apology after failing to honour their invitation for a third consecutive time.

"The leadership of the Senate was also mandated to look into the matter for further necessary action", Saraki said on the floor of the Senate.

As earlier reported by Naija News, the police boss was expected to brief the lawmakers on the arrest, detention, treatment and alleged manhandling of Senator Dino Melaye, as well as the spate of killings by armed herdsmen and militias across the country.

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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"If an appointee of the President will refuse to honour invitation of an institution, it is unfortunate". 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".

The Police IG also ignored the Senate's second summon of Wednesday, May 3, when he instead visited Kaduna State after some bandits killed over 45 people in Birin Gwari community.

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

The Senate consequently asked the Police Chief to appear before it unfailingly on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

He added that the IGP's action was inexcusable, unacceptable, and condemnable. This Senate needs to take very serious action on the way forward. "I have never see this before anywhere in the world, we need to take a decision because this affects security in the entire 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.

"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.

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