Documents Show Senate Lied On Reason For Summoning Police IG


DOCUMENTS containing the summons extended to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, by the Nigerian Senate shows the latter lied on why it requested the police boss to appear before it.

The Senate had while justifying why it summoned Mr Idris said the police chief was not invited because of the prosecution of its embattled lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye, but the recent rise of killings across the country.

Mr Idris has been summoned on three different occasions with him refusing to honour the invitation. His defiance led the upper legislative chamber to declare him unfit to hold public office anywhere.

However, the police chief has threatened to challenge the declaration in court.

To further buttress his point that he was summoned because of the antagonism between the police and Mr Melaye, Mr Idris on Saturday through ACP Jimoh Moshood, police spokesman, released two letters stating why he was summoned.

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“The recent claim by the Senate that the reason for inviting the I-G is to brief them on the recent killings in some part of the Country is an afterthought which can be seen from the headings of their invitation letters,” Mr Moshood said.

He said if the invitation was for Idris to brief the senate on strategies adopted in tackling killings in the country, it would not have been planned for a national television.

“The Senate’s action to cover the appearance of the I-G on National Television is against National Security, unconventional and it negates global security practice,” he said, adding that “the letter the Senate wrote inviting the I-G clearly showed that the invitation was not about the killings but Melaye.”

“From the headings of the invitation letters, it is very clear that the I-G was invited on those occasions by the Senate purposely because of Senator Dino Melaye’s criminal indictment.”

The force image maker said the purported list of killings in Nigeria this year by the Senate was shocking, unfortunate and capable of worsening the security situation in the country.

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“It is mischievous and heinous to play politics with people’s lives; even if it is a soul.

“The release is speculative and not supported by any fact. Office of the Senate President does not receive or process security report from State commands.”

Moshood said the Force as a law abiding entity would continue to uphold the rule of law in all its ramifications.

“The Force insists on due process of the law and once again implores the Senate not to whip-up sentiments or resort to self-help but to allow the rule of law and justice to prevail on the whole matter,” the statement partly read.