Senate to IGP: Stop holding onto straw, you've failed in your duties

Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris

Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris

The Nigeria police have vowed to challenge Senate's declaration of their boss, Ibrahim Idris, as unfit to hold public office in the country and overseas in court.

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.

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.

The senate had refused the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in-charge of operations and other senior police officers to represent the I-G when he was invited on April 26.

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Idris was summoned to explain the alleged maltreatment of Senator Dino Melaye by the force and the handling of the continued killings in different parts of the country.

Mr Moshood asked the public to disregard the resolution of the Senate on Mr Idris which he said was "mischievously aimed at casting aspersions on the hard-earned integrity of the IG and the Nigeria Police Force".

According to the statement, the arrest and detention of the embattled Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dino Melaye, has been overtaken by events.

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. This is the third time the IGP ...

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He said he later found out the police chief had travelled to Kaduna instead of honouring the Senate's invitation. The Inspector General of Police and the Nigeria Police Force will not be deterred by blackmail from any individual or group no matter how highly placed from the enforcement of Law and Order and ensuring that the Rule of Law prevails.

Saraki stated that the police boss action was disrespectful to the institution and constitutional authority.

"The CP therefore calls on Nigerians to support the Inspector General of Police in the onerous task of policing the nation and the restoration of peace, law and order in the country".

"The General Public are hereby implored to disregard and discountenance the resolution of the Senate on the IGP as a deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting and mischievously aimed at casting aspersions on the hard earned integrity of the Inspector General of Police and the Nigeria Police Force".

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He said, "The Nigeria Police Force as a law-abiding organization will continue to hold the Senate in high esteem but wishes to impress on the Senate not to harbour criminal elements among its fold or condone criminality".

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