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

Phillip Cunningham
May 11, 2018

The Nigerian Senate is now locked in a closed-door meeting over the refusal of the inspector-general of police, Idris Kptum Ibrahim to appear for the third time before the upper legislative chamber.

Holding that the Police IG is afraid of his shadows, the Senate insisted that any public officer who sees himself above the government is truly unfit to remain in office.

"It is on the basis of the above that when on the 25th of April, 2018, the Senate invited the Inspector-General of Police to appear before it on the 26th of April 2018, in respect of the felonious offenses for which Sen".

Clarifying that section which revealed limits of the senate in inviting individuals, Falana said that even President Muhammadu Buhari and governors can not be summoned by the senate.

"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".

Mr Moshood, an assistant police commissioner, said Mr Idris had delegated some of his subordinates to represent him before the lawmakers, an option the senators strongly rejected, mandating Mr Idris' appearance in person rather than through a surrogate.

The senate invited the IGP over the growing security concerns in the country and the case of Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west.

Following the meeting with Messrs Saraki and Dogara on Monday, Mr Buhari reportedly told them he would look into Mr Idris' action; but the tone of the police chief's latest statement indicates little progress on the part of the president.

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".

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

"It is important to correct the impression created in the minds of the people from the Senate's resolution that the IGP is not and will not be an enemy to democracy". The Nigeria Police Force is the first defender of Democracy and all democratic institutions in Nigeria and will continue to do so. "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".

The nation's highest lawmaking body had on Wednesday declared the Inspector General of Police persona non grata for failing to honour its three summonses.

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

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