Abuse Of Office: Senate Threatens To Issue Arrest Warrant On IGP
Senate's investigation of allegations of abuse of office against the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, is taking a new turn.
The lawmakers are threatening to issue an arrest warrant against the police boss for failing to appear before its ad-hoc committee.
The Chairman of the committee, Senator Francis Alimikhena, issued the threat after lawmakers had waited endlessly on Wednesday for the IGP to show up.
Alimikhena, who is also the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, said the IGP was summoned on October 16 to answer allegations made against him by Senator Isah Misau.
According to the committee chairman, the IGP rather than honour the invitation, asked his lawyer, Alex Iziyon, to write the committee, informing it that the matter was already in court.
He said: "Nobody, including the 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 November 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, 7 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".
The Senator stressed that there was no way the IGP's appearance before the committee would amount to contempt, as the committee was set up before he went to court.
"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."
Senator Misau had while testifying before the probe panel, claimed that the IGP purchased 2 jeeps for the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari.
He also alleged that the IGP misused over 120 billion Naira generated by the Force in 1 year.
Another allegation put forward by Senator Misau was that the police boss got a serving police officer pregnant and hurriedly arranged a marriage ceremony in Kaduna.
However, the Police boss, through the Force Spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, dismissed the claims as unfounded.
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