Senate Declares Police IG Idris Unfit To Hold Public Office

THE Nigerian Senate has declared Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, as one who is not fit to hold public office anywhere.

The red chamber also declared Mr Idris an ‘enemy of democracy.’

The decision of the Senate was announced by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, after a closed-door session on Wednesday.

The Senate had entered the closed-door session following Mr Idris’ refusal to honour an invitation to appear before the Senate a third time.

The closed session which started in at 12:24 p.m. lasted for about 50 minutes.

On return to plenary, Mr Saraki announced the decision of his colleagues.

“The Senate in a closed session deliberated on the non-appearance of the IGP to the senate to the plenary after a series of invitation. The Senate noted that this has been a gross disrespect to our constituted authority and to also know that his earlier refusal to appear before investigative committee was overruled by competent court of jurisdiction just in April this year.

“The Senate therefore views this persistent refusal is a great danger to our democracy and hence the Senate resolved to declare IGP as an enemy of democracy and not fit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria. The leader of the Senate would also mandate to look into the matter for further necessary action,” Mr Saraki said.

Mr Idris was summoned by the Senate to answer questions on the arrest of a lawmaker, Dino Melaye, and killings across the country.

His first invitation was issued on April 25, however, he failed to appear stating that his reason is because he accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari to Bauchi.

Mr Idris sent a deputy Inspector-General of Operations to represent him but the lawmakers rejected his representation and re-summoned Mr Idris to appear before the chamber on May 2. Again, he did not show up.

The chairman, senate committee on police affairs, Abu Ibrahim said last week he had not been able to reach Mr Idris for a while.

He said he later found out the police chief had travelled to Kaduna instead of honouring the Senate’s invitation.

The Senate issued a third summons following a suggestion by the senate president, Bukola Saraki.

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

But when it was time for the IGP to be ushered in to the senate chamber, the lawmakers realised Mr Idris was not available.

Mr Saraki announced his non-appearance after some minutes of wait to allow him into the chamber.

“I’ve just been informed that the IG or any member of his team are not here,” he said.