Inspector General of Police (IGP) Idris Ibrahim on Friday confirmed that he will appear before the Senate if the need arise noting it is a sign of respect for the hallowed chamber.
The IG started this after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the security situation in the country.
The Senate had served the IG an invitation letter on Oct. 16 to appear before the Senator Francis Alimikhena Committee on Nov. 1, but failed to honour the invitation.
The Senate, however, insisted that the IG must appear by next Tuesday or an arrest warrant will be issued for him.
The IGP stated that for the sake of having respect for the National Assembly, he might honour the Senate’s invitation as he was awaiting advice from the police’s legal team.
He said, “These are legal issues. We are discussing with our legal team, obviously, if there is need we are going to appear for the sake of having respect for the Senate, I will appear before them
Regarding the outcome of his meeting with the president, Idris said he briefed him on the efforts of the police to check criminal activities such as kidnapping, armed robbery, and other social vices.
According to him, he also updated the president on the measures being taken to ensure a successful and peaceful governorship election in Anambra.
“Obviously I am here, as usual, to discuss with the commander in chief on the security challenges we are having and how we will face these security challenges adequately.
“The security challenges are, obviously, you know we are having elections in Anambra state and we are having challenges in various parts of the country especially some of these issues of kidnapping and these are things I discussed with the President, and the measures taken to address them squarely,’’ said the IGP
He revealed that water boats, helicopters, and about 21,000 police officers would be deployed for the smooth conduct of the election.
“We are deploying a lot of police officers, almost about 21,000 police officers to be able to provide adequate security in the Anambra election.
“We are deploying our water boats to take care of the waterways, we are deploring our helicopters to take care of the aerial surveillance of the areas and we are deploying our conventional policemen and special police units to take care of situations on ground.
“And by the grace of God we are going to have a successful and peaceful election in Anambra state,’’ Idris said.
The IGP added that the Force Headquarters in Abuja had deployed special police unit to patrol the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano highway with a view to checking the menace of armed robbers and kidnappers along the route
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