Why IGP Ibrahim Idris Refused to Honour Senate Summon

By Eric Elezuo

The Nigeria Police Force has explained the reason behind the Inspector General of Police’s refusal to honour the three summons extended to him by the Senate, saying it was improper to grill the Police Chief on security matter before a live television camera. It was also deduced that the IG was not willing to appear before the lawmakers to discuss issues of Senator Dino Melaye’s arrest.

The Police made the defence in a statement to condemn the alleged Senate’s list of killings, released by the force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, in Abuja on Saturday.

“The Senate’s action to cover the appearance of the IGP on national television is against national security, unconventional and it negates global security practice. There is nowhere in the world where security matters are discussed on national television, even the Senate deliberation and decision on the appearance of the IGP were done in a close session,” the statement said.

The police expressed shock over the senators’ plan to grill the IG on television, stressing that security strategies cannot be discussed at such an open forum. It also disagreed with claims by the Senate Spokesman, Senator Sani Abdullahi, that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was not summoned over Senator Dino Melaye’s arrest for alleged arms running.

The statement added that the police have recovered over 5000 prohibited arms from wrong hands across the nation, adding that the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of operation was delegated to brief the upper chamber on what was being done to address the security situation in the country, but was not allowed to make his presentation by senators.

Saying that the IG has no reason to snub the Senate, the statement noted that the IG had since assumption of duty in June 2016, appeared 10 times before the Senate on different issues of national importance.

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