National Assembly Reaffirms Vote Of No Confidence On IGP
The face-off between the National Assembly and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has deepened.
Nigerians thought they had heard it all when the police expressed readiness to invite the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki for questioning after it claimed some suspects of Offa robbery indicted him.
A video of that indictment came out on Monday and on Tuesday, the disagreement between the National Assembly and the police entered another level.
The IGP again got a hammer from the National Assembly, deepening the face-off with the executive arm of government.
It was part of the resolutions of the lawmakers read by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, after an emergency joint session held behind closed-doors on Tuesday.
“We also hereby reaffirm our earlier resolution on the vote of no confidence on the Inspector General of Police, who does nothing but preside over innocent Nigerians with an outright disregard for the constitutional authority of both the executive and the legislature,” Saraki said.
This is coming weeks after the Senate declared the IGP an 'enemy of democracy', insisting that he was unfit to hold a public office.
That happened after Mr Idris refused to appear in person before the lawmakers.
He was invited by the Senate to be quizzed on the activities of herdsmen at a time that Senator Dino Melaye, was embattled, with the police going all out after him.
The resolution on Tuesday is also the climax of a renewed face-off between the National Assembly and the Executive.
Few days ago, the police released a statement claiming that suspects arrested in connection with Offa robbery indicted the Senate President, expressing readiness to invite him for questioning.
After that statement was released, Senator Saraki said it was a plot by the IGP to embarrass him and a response to his invitation by the Senate for questioning. He says he is ready to honour the invitation.
On May 16, Dr. Saraki had alleged that the IGP was planning to implicate him, expressing a desire to see President Muhammadu Buhari for talks over the issue.
Aside from the vote of no confidence on the IGP, the lawmakers are furious that the executive was persecuting perceived enemies.
They vowed to go tougher in checking the powers of the President, holding him accountable for the actions of his appointees.
“The systematic harassment and humiliation by the Executive of perceived political opponents, people with contrary opinions including Legislators and Judiciary by the police and other security agencies must stop,” one of the resolutions read.