Senate President Bukola Saraki has said that the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris must appear before the Senate next Wednesday.
“Distinguished colleagues, we have taken the contributions and the general consensus is that we give a specific date, Wednesday, May 2, 2018, for the IG of Police to appear,” a visibly angry Saraki said.
‘’But as we do that, I take a cue from the comments of the leader which I have strong views on. The dignity and integrity of our democratic authority, we must protect it and we must not allow anybody to show any disrespect or desecrate that authority.
“As I said to you the other day, and I’m sure Senator Abu Ibrahim will confirm, neither Senator Abu Ibrahim nor myself has received any response from the IG of Police in the last 48 hours.
“Sending his DIG here today is not respectful enough. He should have had the respect of this institution to reach the chairman or myself to explain.
“We have all been chief executives. If Mr President is going to Bauchi to commission a project, he is only accompanying the President. If he had said to Mr President, with the killings that are going on it is important that I go to parliament, I am very sure that Mr. President will say, IG that is more important, go to the parliament.
“This is the point we are making about those who are appointed, who are creating more problems.
“Someone said to me, if a former Minster suspended by the President breaks into the council chambers at the Villa and does some kind of mischief, will the IG of Police not feel he need to report to the President on what actions had been taken?”
“This cannot be the kind of democratic setting we expect. As you have rightly said, we must ensure that things are done properly. We give him until Wednesday, 11am to come here to explain to us what is happening in this country regarding these killings, what do we need to do collectively to bring an end to this killings; what challenges are there; and why are we having these issues?
“I don’t think there is anything more important today than these issues. So let us wait till when he comes on Wednesday to address that so that we can find a way forward on this matter.”
Also, other senators’ spoke on the issue expressed their anger, for Senator Bala Ibn Na’allah, he said; “That being said, the legacy in this Institution goes a long way into the future and as such, it is wrong that he did not inform us of his inability to be here today.
“I see no reason the IGP cannot be here as this displays a wrong foundation for our democratic system.”
The Senate also didn’t listen to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG, Habila Joshak, who was sent by the IGP to represent him.
Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, said; “By Wednesday, the IGP must appear before the Senate, while the Deputy Senate Minority leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha said; “This is not a military regime, this is a democracy. We do not treat each arm of Government as independent as we should in a democracy. This is why we are where we are today.”
In his contribution, Senator Godswill Akpabio said, “The IGP should brief us in a joint session. There are other issues outside of Senator Dino’s arrest that the IGP has to brief us on as well. As Senator Sam Egwu, said; “The IG will not accompany Mr. President to come here. The IG of Police is ignoring Summons.”