The Police Commissioner in Kano state, CP Rabi'u Yusuf has said that no amount of campaign of calumny and intimidation will deter the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris from discharging his statutory duties.
"He added that the Senators resolved to declare the IGP as an enemy of democracy and not fit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria".
After the session, Senate President Bukola Saraki said, The Senate noted his non-appearance as disrespectful to the institution and constitutional authority.
The police, therefore, described the Senate's resolution to declare the Police boss as an enemy of democracy as deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting and mischief aimed at casting aspersions on the integrity of the IGP.
"In one instance in the past, Mr. Idris had gone to court in order to evade honouring the invitation of the Senate and the court headed by Justice Abba Bello Mohammed of the FCT High Court on April 10, 2018, told him in clear terms that his suit lacked merit as Sections 88 and 89 of the constitution empower the lawmakers to carry out investigations on issues of public interest".
The Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan expressed its anger with IGP when he called for serious action against the IGP whom he said should no longer continue to occupy the position.
Part of the statement reads, "The Senate said the crux of the matter that informed the invitation is the ceaseless spate of killings across the country and that matters concerning the arrest of Senator Melaye has in fact been overtaken by events". I think this is very unusual and very unfortunate.
The IGP reacted by exonerating himself of any wrongdoing adding that he owed no one any explanation for his action. "And where any public officers can not do this, there is no need for such to continue to occupy that kind of office".
"He said if the Chief Law Officer can not obey the law of the land how do you now say to other people who are miscreants should obey the law", he said.
There seems to be a misunderstanding between the National Assembly and the IGP following the refusal of the police boss to honour several invitations. "I have never see this before anywhere in the world, we need to take a decision because this affects security in the entire country".
Idris was asked to attend the senate plenary today, May 9.
" We can say that what he is doing is anything but an abuse of this institution, the federation and himself even in the eyes of the global community".
"The National Assembly insisted again that he must come in person".