Wednesday, 9 May 2018

IGP is persona non-grata, not fit in any office —Senate

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.

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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