Senate declares Inspector General of Police wanted

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Senate said it will compel him to appear before the panel, in accordance with Nigerian constitution.

Senate declares Inspector General of Police wanted
IGP Ibrahim Idris/ Photo credit: Thisdaylive
Nigerian Senate has declared the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris wanted by November 7, 2017. Following his refusal to appear before the Senate’s ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the charges against him.

Idris was summoned on October 16 to defend the allegations made against him by Senator Isah Misau, but failed to appear before the committee.

From the report we got, Sen. Misau had alleged that the IGP bought 2 Jeeps for the President’s wife, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, though she neglected the offer. Misua added that the IGP misused over N120 billion generated by the Nigerian Police Force in one year.

Again, Misua claimed that Mr Idris impregnated a Police officer and have started making arrangement for the marriage ceremony in Kaduna.

According to the committee’s Chairman, Senator Francis Alimikhena, the IGP’s lawyer, Alex Iziyon wrote to the committee that the matter has already been taken to court.

In reaction, Senate said it will compel him to appear before the panel, in accordance with Nigerian constitution.

According to Alimikhena; “Nobody, including court, can stop the Senate from carrying out its constitutional duties. The separation of powers guaranteed by law made it explicit that the Senate cannot be prevented in carrying out its constitutional duties by any other arm of government.
If the IGP fails to appear on Nov. 7, the committee would invoke Section 89 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to compel him to appear. He will be summoned again and must appear next Tuesday, 7th of November.
We got a letter from his lawyer, Alex Iziyon that he will not appear before this committee. He said the IGP has already gone to court and appearing will be subjudice.
We cannot be stopped. No court can stop us from carrying out our duties. There is separation of powers. No court can stop us.
There are issues about virement in the 2017 budget which Misau also raised. We need him to respond to these allegations.
We will invite him again and he will appear before us. If he fails to appear, we will invoke Section 89 of the 1999 constitution, as amended,” he added.
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We are waiting to get response from the IGP…

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