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4 Nov 2017

IG of Police Finally Indicates Willingness to Appear Before Senate Probe Committee After Meeting with Buhari

After meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House on Friday, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, indicated his willingness to appear before the Senate.
President Muhammadu Buhari and IG of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris
 
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has on Friday, indicated his willingness to appear before the Nigerian Senate after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
 
According to Premium Times, while speaking to State House correspondents after the closed door meeting with the president, the Police boss told journalists that his meeting was to update Mr President on the security situation across the country.
 
“Obviously, I am here as usual to discuss with the commander in chief on the security challenges we are having and how we will face these security challenges adequately.
 
“The security challenges are, obviously, you know we are having elections in Anambra state and we are having challenges in various parts of the country especially some of these issues of kidnapping and these are things I discussed with the President, and the measures taken to address them squarely,’’ said the IGP.
 
The police chief also said he might appear before the Senate ad-hoc committee which is headed by the Senate Deputy Whip, Francis Alimikhena, who are probing corruption allegations against him.  
 
It was earlier reported that the Senate had served Idris an invitation letter on October 16 to appear before the Alimikhena Committee on November 1. The police chief, however, failed to honour the invitation.
 
The Senate committee on Wednesday, ordered Idris to appear before it next Tuesday. Alimikhena had told journalists in Abuja that the committee received a letter from the police chief’s lawyer, Alex Iziyon, informing the committee that “it would amount to subjudice if the Inspector General of Police appears before the Senate committee on the same issue that is before the competent court of law.”
 
The police chief had filed a suit in court seeking to halt the Senate probe, after a senator, Isah Misau, accused him of corruption and abuse of office, and on Wednesday, the Senate committee threatened to order the arrest of Idris should he fail to appear next Tuesday; although implementing such order would be virtually impossible as it is the police headed by Idris that would be required to implement it.
 
It was gathered that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, criticised Idris’s refusal to appear before the committee.
 
“As the chief law enforcing officer, we will expect that he should know what the law is and he should know that there has been many judgements on this. It is clearly stated that he cannot stop the Senate from appearing and doing its job,” Saraki said.
 
However, after meeting with Buhari on Friday, the police chief stated that for the sake of having respect for the National Assembly, he might honour the Senate’s invitation. He said he was awaiting advice from the police’s legal team on the matter.
 
“These are legal issues. We are discussing with our legal team, obviously if there is need we are going to appear for the sake of having respect for the Senate, I will appear before them.”
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