IGP, Idris enemy of democracy, not fit to hold public office, says Senate

IGP, Idris enemy of democracy, not fit to hold public office, says Senate

Chris Steven, Abuja

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday says Ibrahim Idris, Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is an ‘enemy of democracy,’ who is not fit to hold public office in Nigeria and abroad.

Bukola Saraki, Senate President, announced the decision after a closed-door session.

The Senate entered the closed-door session following Idris’ refusal to honour an invitation to appear before the Senate a third time.

The closed session which started in at 12:24 p.m. lasted for about 50 minutes.

On return to plenary, Saraki announced the decision of his colleagues.

“The Senate in a closed session deliberated on the non-appearance of the IGP to the senate to the plenary after a series of invitation. The Senate noted that this has been a gross disrespect to our constituted authority and to also know that his earlier refusal to appear before investigative committee was overruled by competent court of jurisdiction just in April this year.

“The Senate therefore views this persistent refusal is a great danger to our democracy and hence the Senate resolved to declare IGP as an enemy of democracy and not fit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria. The leader of the Senate would also mandate to look into the matter for further necessary action,” Saraki said.

Idris was summoned by the Senate to answer questions on the arrest of a lawmaker, Dino Melaye, and killings across the country.