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MELAYE: IGP snubs Senate



MELAYE: IGP snubs Senate

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday, refused to show up before the Senate, to explain the reason behind the arrest and detention of Senator Dino Melaye.

The IG sent a Deputy IGP in charge of Operations, Habila Joshak, who was turned back by the Senate. The upper legislative chamber insisted that only the IG could appear.

Deputy Leader of the Senate, Bala Ibn N’Allah, informed the Red Chamber that the Police IG, accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari to Bauchi State on an official visit.

He said the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, informed him about the development.

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N’Allah said it was an insult on the National Assembly for government officials not to honour summons from the parliament. He warned that the practice will erode the institution of the Senate and weaken the structure of democracy.

“I am constrained to say this. I am worried that government officials always snub the parliament whenever we invite or summon them to appear here. These people are not doing President Buhari any favours.

“This is not about senators. One day we will leave here. I want it to be on record that I kicked against this on this day in this Senate. We can’t continue like this,” N’Allah said.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who presided, also condemned the non-appearance of the IGP. He said it is becoming a habit for government officials not to appear when summoned.

The Senate, thereafter, resolved and re-summoned the IG of Police to appear at plenary next Wednesday, after the May 1st public holiday.


By Ehisuan Odia…

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