…..Idris, enemy of democracy, not fit to hold any position – Senate
…Senate declares IGP persona non grata

…As IGP shuns Senate 3rd time

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…Senate to write embassies, INTERPOL, others

… Resolution declaring me unfit for public office a blackmail – IGP

By Henry Umoru, Joseph Erunke & Dirisu Yakubu

ABUJA—FOR his refusal to appear before the Senate at plenary yesterday, the third time in two weeks, to speak on the spate of killings across the country and the inhuman treatment meted on Senator Dino Melaye ( APC, Kogi West), the Senate, yesterday passed a vote of no confidence in the Inspector- General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, saying he was not fit to hold any office, both home and abroad.

But the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday also told the Senate that he had no apology for his failure to answer the summon from the legislature for the three consecutive times.

According to the Senate, his persistent refusal to appear before the lawmakers at plenary having been invited several time, was a great danger to the nation’s democracy.

This was disclosed by Senate President Bukola Saraki at the end of a closed door session that started 12.25p.m., and ended 1.15p.m., to brainstorm on the next line of action following the action of the Police boss.

At the closed door session, the Senate resolved to declare the Police boss persona -non grata by writing the international community, embassies, Nigeria’s international partners and the Interpol that he was not fit for his present position.

Separately,  the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has chided the IGP for shunning the invitation by the Senate  over rising cases of insecurity in the country.

The party described Idris’ conduct as shameful and disrespectful, noting that the hallowed chamber deserves the respect of all Nigerians regardless of their class and status.

In a statement, yesterday,  its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was unfortunate that  the police boss’ behaviour has not been reprimanded by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The party  said, “It is instructive to state that never in our democratic history as a people and a nation, has a service chief or an Inspector General of Police treated the National Assembly with as much dishonour and disdain like the current IGP.”

Saraki after the closed door session,  said, “Colleagues, the Senate in a closed session deliberated on the non-appearance of the IGP to the Senate in plenary after several invitations. The Senate noted that this amounted to a great disrespect to the institution and constituted authority. The Senate also notes that his earlier refusal to appear before its investigative committee was overruled by a court of competent jurisdiction just in April of this year.

“The Senate therefore, views his persistent refusal as a great danger to our democracy.

“Therefore, the Senate resolved to declare the IGP as an enemy of our democracy and not fit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria. The leadership of the Senate is also mandated to look into the matter for further necessary action.”

Senators prior to the closed door session, had condemned in very strong terms, the blatant refusal of the IGP  to honour the invitation of the Senate, as they all described it as danger for the nation’s democracy.

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Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia South) in his contribution, said that with the action of the IGP, democracy is dying in bits.

Abaribe said, “Democracy dies and it dies in two ways. It either dies abruptly or in bits and what is happening today in Nigeria is that democracy is dying in bits. It dies when people abuse governmental powers and all that we have seen today with the conduct of the Chief Law Officer of the Federation is nothing but an abuse of power.”

Also contributing, deputy Senate Minority leader, Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP, Taraba South), described the action of Idris as very sad for Nigeria. His words: “This is quite a sad moment for Nigeria, not for the parliament, but for our democracy.

“It is sad, it is inexcusable, unacceptable and condemnable and it calls for immediate action. This Senate needs to take very serious action on the way forward. We cannot stand this embarrassment any longer. I will suggest we have a closed session. I’m moving to have a closed session or executive session to take very serious consideration on this matter  because this is a national disgrace.”

Resolution declaring me unfit for public office a blackmail – IGP

THE Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday, told the Senate that he had no apology for his failure to answer the summon from the legislature for three consecutive times over alleged manhandling of Senator Dino Melaye by the police.

The police boss also said the resolution of the Senate during its plenary on Wednesday that he was unfit to hold public office was a blackmail just as he said the action of the Senate was not only unfortunate but also a witch-hunt as well as mischievous.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, in a statement late yesterday, said:”It is urgently imperative that the Nigeria Police Force respond to this resolution of the Senate which is a deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting, unfortunate and mischievous.”

“The Nigeria Police Force, therefore, owes no apology to any individual or groups in its effort to ensure preservation of law and order, supremacy of the law of the land, and make sure that all Nigerians are subject to the same law, no matter what their position is in the society.

“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.

“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, “the statement read.

The full statement read thus:”The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to the media reportage of the Senate’s resolution on Senate Order Paper of today, Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 after a closed door session that the “Senate declares theInspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim k. Idris, NPM, mni, as enemy of democracy and unfit to hold any public office within and outside the country”.

“It is urgently imperative that the Nigeria Police Force respond to this resolution of the Senate which is a deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting, unfortunate and mischievous.

” In accordance with the extant laws in Nigeria, the functions, duties and responsibilities of the Inspector General of Police as stated in Section 215(1a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, and the Police Act and Regulations Section 309(1) can also be carried out as mentioned in sections 7(1),312(1), 313(2) of the Police Act and Regulations by a senior officer of the Force of the Rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police or an Assistant Inspector General of Police who if permitted by the Inspector General of Police to act on his behalf or represent him in an official capacity at any official function, event or programme within and outside Nigeria can do so in consonant with the provisions of the Police Act and Regulations.

“It is on the basis of the above that when on the 25thof April, 2018, the Senate invited the Inspector-General of Police to appear before it on the 26th of April 2018, in respect of the felonious offenses for which Sen. Dino Melaye was taken into Police custody, investigated and arraigned in a Court of Competent Jurisdiction in Lokoja, but because the Inspector-General of Police was on official assignment with the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria to Bauchi on same date, he delegated the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Department of Operations, Assistant Inspector-Generals of Police and some Commissioners of Police conversant with the matter to brief the Senate.

“The delegated Officers went with a brief of the Inspector-General of Police on the matter to the Senate to enable the Senate appreciate the issues raised to guide their resolutions on the matter but the Senate refused to listen to the Officers delegated by the Inspector-General of Police in line with his powers recognized by both the Constitution and the Police Act and Regulations.

“The Senate again on the 26th of April 2018 wrote the Inspector-General of Police re-inviting him to appear before the Senate in person on the 2nd of May, 2018 but this time around the IGP was on official assignment to Birnin-Gwari Area of Kaduna State in company of the General Officer Commanding, One Division, Nigerian Army Kaduna, Major General Mohammed Mohammed to attend to some very serious security matters of National Importance, but he promptly delegated the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Research and Planning, Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police to represent him and brief the Senate on the same subject matter but the Senate again refused to accord them audience insisting that the Inspector-General of Police must appear in person.

“On the 8th of May, 2018, the Inspector General of Police sent a letter to the President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria signed by the Commissioner of Police, Legal and Prosecution Department, explaining why he would not be appearing before the Senate on the 9th of May, 2018 due to legal restraint as a result of pending cases before the courts filed: (i) by Senator Dino Melaye against the IGP and the Nigeria Police Force in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja in suit No. CV/1610/18 slated for hearing on the 11thday of May, 2018.

” by the Inspector General of Police against the Senate in the Federal High Court, Abuja in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/457/2018 adjourned to 31st May, 2018 for hearing.

” It is on record thatconsequent on the confession of criminal offences indicting Senator Dino Melaye by the principal suspect KABIRU SAIDU a.k.a OSAMA “31 YRS”, The Nigeria Police Force, sent a letter of investigation activities/invitation dated 2nd March, 2018 addressed to the Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria informing and requesting him to release Senator Dino Melaye to report to Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command on the 7th of March, 2018 to answer to criminal offences ofConspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms levelled against him, this is to enable the Police Investigation Team carryout a discreet and thorough investigation into the case. But Senator Dino Melaye refused to honour the Police invitation.

“It is pertinent that the Nigeria Police Force informs the members of the General Public that the reasons for which the Senate has summoned the Inspector General of Police is official and not personal, and the 1999 constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the Police Act and Regulations allowed the IGP to delegate Deputy Inspector General of Police or Assistant Inspector General of Police to represent him.

” Consequently, the action of the Senate in its resolution against the IGP today is a deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting with mischievous motives to hand-twist the IGP to pervert the end of justice in a felonious and serious offenses of Criminal Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms for which Senator Dino Melaye who was indicted by two (2) Principal Suspects (Kabiru Seidu A.K.A OSAMA, Nuhu Salisu A.K.A SMALL) arrested for several cases of kidnappings and armed robberies in Kogi State are already standing trial in a court of competent jurisdiction.

” It is important to correct the impression created in the minds of the people from the Senate’s resolution that the IGP is not and will not be an enemy to democracy. It is also of significant note to state that IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni, has served meritoriously for above Ten (10) years in the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations in several countries unblemished. The Nigeria Police Force is the first defender of Democracy and all democratic institutions in Nigeria and will continue to do so.

” It is factual and verifiable that Senator Dino Melaye was discharged and certified fit to stand trial by the National Hospital, Abuja before he was arraigned in Chief Magistrate Courts in Wuse, Abuja and Lokoja.

“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.

“No matter whose Ox is gored.

“The Nigeria Police Force, therefore, owes no apology to any individual or groups in its effort to ensure preservation of law and order, supremacy of the law of the land, and make sure that all Nigerians are subject to the same law, no matter what their position is in the society.

“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.

“The Nigeria Police Force as a law abiding organization will continue to hold the Senate of Federal Republic of Nigeria in high esteem but wishes to impress on the Senate not to harbour criminal elements among its fold or condone criminality. The Force will not be intimidated by any individual, groups or institution, constituent or otherwise to abdicate from its constitutional responsibilities of protection of lives and property and due enforcement of the rule of law, and law and order across the Country. “

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