Friday, 11 May 2018

Senate Issues New Summons To IGP Over Killings


The Senate has issued a fresh summons to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to appear before it and explain what the police are doing over killings in parts of Nigeria. The Senate made this known on Thursday.

"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,” it said in a statement.

"We noted the response issued by one Jimoh Moshood on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, following yesterday’s resolution of the legislative chamber on the continued refusal of the IGP to honour the invitation for him to come and explain what the police are doing to halt the spate of killings across the country.

"Let it be known that the IGP by trying to reduce the reason for his invitation by the Senate to the arrest of Sen. Dino Melaye is simply holding on to straw. The issue of Sen. Melaye’s arrest has been overtaken by events.

"The courts are already handling the related cases. Our main concern is the security crisis across the country where people are being killed in scores on daily basis. The primary responsibility of the Police is maintenance of law and order as well as protection of lives and property.

"If there is a breach along the line of this responsibility, we do not see why the IGP should feel he cannot be invited to offer explanation to the arm of government which is constitutionally empowered to ask questions and investigate the breach.”

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