Honour Senate’s invitation – Saraki tells IGP

By Christiana Ekpa

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was further pushed to tight corner yesterday over his refusal to appear before the Senate’s Ad-hoc committee probing series of allegations levelled against him by Senator Hamman Misau (APC Bauchi Central) with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki strongly advising him to appear before the committee unfailingly Tuesday next week.
Saraki in a strong worded remark he made to that effect when the issue was raised on the floor of the Senate by the chairman of the Ad-hoc committee , Senator Francis Alimekhena (APC Edo North) said as the Chief law enforcer in the country, the IG must be seen obeying the law and not otherwise .
He said: “As the chief law enforcing officer, one will expect that he should know what the law is and he should know that there have been many judgements stating that such court action cannot stop the Senate from doing its job.
“I think that he is best advised to follow the law and ensure that he has nothing to hide by appearing like anyone else before the committee”.
In drawing the attention of the Senate to the issue, Senator Alimekhena who came through order 43 of the Senate standing rules said though the committee had on Wednesday resolved to reinvite the IG to appear before it on Tuesday unfailingly but felt it was right to officially inform the Senate, in view of possible invocation of provisions of section 89(C&D) of the 1999 constitution against the IG later.
“Mr President as widely reported in most of the national dailies today, the Inspector General of Police refused to honour invitation sent to him for appearance before our committee yesterday on the grounds of being in court but we have written him for unfailing appearance before us on Tuesday since such litigation cannot stop us from performing our legislative functions.
“We are bringing this to the notice of the Senate in view of available constitutional provisions that can later be invoked should the IGP refuse again to appear”, he said.
The embattled IGP had on Wednesday at the committee sitting, informed it through his lawyers that he was already in court on allegations against him which will make his appearance to be subjudice in the eye of the law.

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