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  • 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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