By Nuel Suji – The Senate on Thursday expressed disappointment over failure of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to appear before it, even as its rescheduled him to next Wednesday.
Senators were angry that Mr. Idris snubbed its directive to appear to answer queries the current insecurity in the country and the latest arrest of one of their colleagues Dino Melaye but instead opted to accompany Mr. President to Bauchi state where he is on two-day state visit.
Trouble started when Kebbi senator and Deputy Senate leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah called for the appearance of the IGP at the plenary and the chairman, Senate Committee on Police, Abu Ibrahim, informed the senate that the IGP was in Bauchi and could not honour the invitation of the senate.
Some of the Senators who spoke on the absence of IGP expressed dissatisfaction with the development urging the Senate not to admit into the chambers, DIG Operation, Habila who made appearance on behalf of the IGP.
Akwa Ibom senator, Godswill Akpabio, in his contribution said the Police boss should brief both arms of the National Assembly in a joint session as there are other security issues too in the country outside apart from Mr. Melaye’s arrest.
“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.”
Abia senator, Mao Ohuabunwa told his colleagues that the IGP must be made to appear before the senate by Wednesday.
“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.” Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha also argued.
After exhaustive debate on the matter, the Senate mandated IGP to appear next week Wednesday.
It would be recalled that the Senate on Wednesday summoned the IGP to appear before it over the arrest and detention of Mr. Melaye to answer question over his ordeal with police.