#2018InReview: Between the Senate and Police IG Idris

There was endless hide and seek between the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim.IGP

The Inspector-General on several occasions called the bluff of the law makers by his refusal to appear before the law-making body to address some matters. He was expected to answer questions on the arrest of a lawmaker, Dino Melaye, and killings across the country.

The police boss was first summoned on April 25 but he failed to appear. On the day he was expected, the chairman of senate committee on police affairs, Abu Ibrahim, informed the lawmakers that the IGP had accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari to Bauchi. The Senate re-summoned the IGP after it refused to allow the deputy Inspector-General of Operations to represent him. The lawmakers summoned the IGP to appear on May 2 by 11 a.m.

Again, he did not show up. 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. The Police Chief 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. Many lawmakers were clearly angry.

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There was endless hide and seek between the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim. The Inspector-General on several occasions called the bluff of the law makers by his refusal to appear before the law-making body to address some matters. He was expected to answer questions on the arrest of a lawmaker, Dino Melaye, and killings across the country. The police boss was first summoned on April 25 but he failed to appear.

On the day he was expected, the chairman of senate committee on police affairs, Abu Ibrahim, informed the lawmakers that the IGP had accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari to Bauchi. The Senate re-summoned the IGP after it refused to allow the deputy Inspector-General of Operations to represent him. The lawmakers summoned the IGP to appear on May 2 by 11 a.m. Again, he did not show up. 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. The Police Chief 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. Many lawmakers were clearly angry.

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