Senate Lied About Its Reason For Summoning IG - Police
The war of words between the Senate and the Nigeria Police Force is still on days after the first summon of the Inspector General of Police (IG) was issued by the lawmakers.
While the Senate says its reason for summoning the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, was to brief it about the increasing killings in Nigeria, the police insist it was because of the troubled Senator, Dino Melaye.
Senator Melaye made news few weeks ago when he jumped from the police vehicle, with the police claiming it was an attempt to avoid been arraigned.
Enemy Of Democracy
After that incident, the Senate requested that the police boss appear before it, but since the invitation was issued the IG has not visited the Senate.
After running out of patience, the Senate at plenary declared the IG an enemy of democracy, insisting that he was unfit to hold any public office within and outside the country for failing to honour its invitation thrice.
The position of the police on the invitation of the IG was made known on Saturday in Abuja.
Nigeria Police Force alleged that Mr Idris was invited by the Senate because of Senator Melaye and not the killings across the country as claimed.
The senate had refused the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in-charge of operations and other senior police officers to represent the I-G when he was invited on April 26.
“The recent claim by the Senate that the reason for inviting the I-G is to brief them on the recent killings in some part of the Country is an afterthought which can be seen from the headings of their invitation letters”, ACP Jimoh Moshood, police spokesman said.
Moshood highlighted that if the invitation was for him to brief the Senate on strategies adopted in tackling killings in the country, it would not have been planned for a national television.
“The Senate’s action to cover the appearance of the I-G on National Television is against National Security, unconventional and it negates global security practice,”he said.
The spokesman further insisted that the letter the Senate wrote inviting the I-G clearly showed that the invitation was not about the killings but about Dino.
“From the headings of the invitation letters, it is very clear that the I-G was invited on those occasions by the Senate purposely because of Senator Dino Melaye’s criminal indictment,”he said.
Moshood said that the purported list of killings in Nigerian this year by the Senate, was shocking, unfortunate and capable of worsening the security situation in the country.
“It is mischievous and heinous to play politics with people’s lives; even if it is a soul.
“The release is speculative and not supported by any fact. Office of the Senate President does not receive or process security report from State commands,”he added.