Friday, 11 May 2018 05:18

JUST IN: Police To Challenge In Court Senate's Indictment Of IGP

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The Nigeria Police Force has said it will mount a legal challenge against the Senate’s declaration that the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris is an “enemy of democracy, unfit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria.”The Senate had made the pronouncement onWednesday, following its third failed attempt at making the police boss appear and answer questions on the nation’s security and alleged maltreatment of Senator Dino Melaye by law officers. In a Channels Television programme, yesterday, Commissioner of Police (Legal), Force Headquarters, Mr. David Igbodo, said: “We are going to challenge it. We want the court to interpret whether each time the IGP is invited to appear before the National Assembly, he must appear in person.”But the Senate has accused Idris of trying to mislead the public on the declaration. Its spokesperson, Senator Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi (APC, Niger North), said the IGP should stop providing irrelevant facts to back his refusal to obey Senate’s invitations, which according to him were in respect of killings across the country and not about the arrest of Melaye.“Let it be known that the IGP, by trying to reduce the reason for his invitation to the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye, is simply holding on to a straw. The courts are already handling the related cases. Our main concern is the security crisis across the country where people are being killed in scores on a daily basis,” Abdullahi said yesterday.He added: “The IGP definitely should not have any problem with an invitation to tell the Senate what he and his men are doing to stop the killings as well as their challenges and needs. Any public officer who plans to place himself above an arm of government obviously is not fit to remain in office. Mr. Idris is only afraid of his shadows by alleging witch-hunt when he is called to account for the performance of the duties of his organisation.”

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