Police To Challenge In Court Senate’s Indictment Of IGP
Police To Challenge In Court Senate’s Indictment Of IGP.
• Ibrahim Idris is an “enemy of democracy, unfit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria”.
• ‘Idris afraid of shadow, clinging to straw’.
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• IGP should stop providing irrelevant facts to back his refusal to obey Senate’s invitations.
• Our main concern is the security crisis across the country where people are being killed in scores on a daily basis, ” says Abdullahi.
The Nigeria Police Force has said it will mount a legal challenge against the Senate’s declaration that the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris is an “enemy of democracy, unfit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria.”
The Senate had made the pronouncement on Wednesday, following its third failed attempt at making the police boss appear and answer questions on the nation’s security and alleged maltreatment of Senator Dino Melaye by law officers.
In a Channels Television programme, yesterday, Commissioner of Police (Legal ), Force Headquarters , Mr. David Igbodo, said: “We are going to challenge it. We want the court to interpret whether each time the IGP is invited to appear before the National Assembly, he must appear in person. ”
Its spokesperson, Senator Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi (APC, Niger North), said the IGP should stop providing irrelevant facts to back his refusal to obey Senate’s invitations, which according to him were in respect of killings across the country and not about the arrest of Melaye. “ Let it be known that the IGP , by trying to reduce the reason for his invitation to the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye , is simply holding on to a straw . The courts are already handling the related cases. Our main concern is the security crisis across the country where people are being killed in scores on a daily basis, ” Abdullahi said yesterday.
He added : “ The IGP definitely should not have any problem with an invitation to tell the Senate what he and his men are doing to stop the killings as well as their challenges and needs . Any public officer who plans to place himself above an arm of government obviously is not fit to remain in office. Mr. Idris is only afraid of his shadows by alleging witch- hunt when he is called to account for the performance of the duties of his organisation.”
In a statement, late Wednesday, Force Public Relations Officer Jimoh Moshood had urged members of the public to “disregard and discountenance the resolution of the Senate,” describing it as “ deliberate blackmail”, “witch-hunt” and “mischief ”, aimed at “ casting aspersions on the hard – earned integrity” of Idris and the force.
“The Police Force 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 positions are in the society, ” he said . It will also“ not be intimidated by any individual, groups or institution , constituent or otherwise, to abdicate from its constitutional responsibilities of protecting life and property and due enforcement of the rule of law, and law and order across the country.”
He said the force, “ as a law – abiding organisation , will continue to hold the Senate of the 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 argued that the IGP ’s non- appearance did not amount to a breach of the law as the police boss is empowered by the constitution to appoint a top officer to brief in his absence, 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 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 consonance with the provisions of the Police Act and Regulations.