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Police Reply Senate Again, Fault Lawmakers’ Motive For Inviting IGP

The police have again defended the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, and faulted the Senate’s motive for inviting him.

Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, condemned the claim that the IGP was holding on to the straws.

Mr Idris had failed to comply with the invitation extended to him by the Red Chamber on Wednesday, making it the third time.

He had, however, delegated a Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) and some senior police officers to represent him, but they were denied audience by the lawmakers.

After deliberating the issued during a closed session, the Senate declared the IGP as an enemy of democracy and that he is not fit to hold any public office.

Responding, ACP Moshood described the reason stated by the Senate for inviting the IGP to brief them on the recent killings in some part of the country as an “afterthought”.

“If the Senate is sincerely interested in knowing the strategies adopted by the police in tackling the killings in the affected states, they would not have invited the IGP to speak on the strategies of the Force on national television.

“The Senate’s action to cover the appearance of the IGP on national television is against national security, unconventional and it negates global security practice. There is nowhere in the world where security matters are discussed on national television.

“Even the Senate deliberation and decision on the appearance of the IGP were done in closed session. One wonders why security strategies of the Force to tackle the killings in the affected states would be discussed on national television,” the statement read.

The Force spokesman stressed further that the Nigeria Police Force holds the Red Chamber in high esteem and regards.

He, however, said the police would not be prevented from ensuring the supremacy of the laws of the land, preservation of law and order, as well as the full enforcement of the rule of law throughout the country.

Moshood disclosed that the IGP has appeared 10 times before the Senate on different issues of national importance since he assumed duty in June 2016.

He said the Police would continue to uphold the rule of law and ensure that nobody under any guise is allowed to pervert the course of justice.

On the measures taken so far to tackling the killings, the ACP revealed that normalcy has been restored in most of the affected areas, while hundreds of suspects directly responsible for the dastardly acts have been arrested and were being prosecuted.

He added that the police have recovered more than 5,000 prohibited firearms from wrong hands across the country, following the directives of the IGP in the mop-up operations which is ongoing.

Moshood noted that these were part of the briefs the DIG, Department of Operations, was delegated by the police boss to deliver on his behalf to the Senate, but he was not allowed.

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