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Nigerian Senators Upset As IGP Shuns Senate Again



The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has, for the third time, failed to appear before the Senate.


Idris had been summoned to address the Senate on the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye by the police over alleged gun-running; and the spate of killings by armed herdsmen and militias across the country.

While the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Operations), Mr. Joshak Habila, had been sent to represent the police boss the previous times, there was no representation on Wednesday.

Reacting, the Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, described the non-appearance of Idris as “unusual and unfortunate.”

Similarly, Senator Isa Misau pointed out that a senator is superior to the IG by the provisions of the Constitution and could be invited by any of the lawmakers.

According to him, the development is embarrassing to the country and also to President Muhammadu Buhari.

On his part, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha called for a closed session for the lawmakers to determine the action to be taken by the Senate against the IG.

“We need to take a very drastic action. We cannot take this embarrassment any longer. This is a national disgrace,” he said.

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