Senate President Bukola Saraki has condemned the failure of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to appear before the Senate, describing it as a threat to the nation’s democracy.
Saraki said since Nigeria returned to
democracy, no IGP has failed to show up before the Senate after being
summoned. He likened failure of the IGP to appear before Senate to his
alleged refusal to follow President Buhari’s order to relocate to Benue
“I don’t want us to labour too much on this issue.
Being the Upper Chamber, at times, we must show maturity and
statesmanship. Anybody who knows that this action cannot be right. We
are not a Senate in Committee. We are a Senate in plenary. The IG has
said that he cannot come. He wants to delegate it to a junior to come.
Since we returned to democracy, there has been no IG that has refused to
come. He is doing this and this is a threat to our democracy. It is not
only to us, it is also to the President. The President told him to go
to Benue, and he refused to go,” Saraki said
For the second
time, the Inspector General of Police on Wednesday failed to appear
before the Senate. He was earlier summoned by the Senate to explain
police arrest of Senator Dino Melaye and incessant killings of innocent
Nigerian citizens in Benue, Zamfara and Taraba states.
Police Boss instead sent a Deputy Inspector General of Police on his
behalf to brief the Senate. The Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Na’allah,
also expressed displeasure on the IG’s failure to appear before the
lawmakers. He said the IGP’s action is shocking.
The IG's failure to appear before Senate is a threat to democracy – Bukola Saraki
Thursday 3 May 2018