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Senate declares Police IG Persona non grata; enemy of democracy, unfit to hold office

The Senate has declared the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, an ‘enemy of democracy’ and that he is unfit to hold a public office.

Idris had been summoned to address the Senate on the alleged inhuman treatment of Senator Dino Melaye during his arrest and detention by the police over alleged gun-running; and the spate of killings by armed herdsmen and militias across the country.

While the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Operations), Mr. Joshak Habila, had been sent to represent the police boss the previous times, there was no representation on Wednesday.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki during the Wednesday plenary session declared the IGP as an enemy of democracy and not fit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria.

Saraki added 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.

The Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, who said efforts by him to reach out to the IG in two days failed, described the non-appearance as “unusual and unfortunate.”

Also, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha called for a closed session for the lawmakers to determine the action to be taken by the Senate against the IG.

“We need to take a very drastic action. We cannot take this embarrassment any longer. This is a national disgrace,” he said.

Similarly, Senator Isa Misau pointed out that a senator is superior to the IG by the provisions of the Constitution and could be invited by any of the lawmakers.

He also noted that sections 88 and 89 of the Constitution empower the legislature to summon the Police boss.

According to him, the development is embarrassing to the country and also to President Muhammadu Buhari.

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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