Senate Declares IGP Enemy Of Democracy, Unfit To Hold Office

After failing to appear before the Senate for the third time in about two weeks, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has been declared an ‘enemy of democracy' and unfit to hold a public office.  

Senate President Bukola Saraki announced this on Wednesday during plenary at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, the nation's capital
following the the refusal of the police boss to appear in person before the lawmakers after being summoned on three different occasions.

Saraki revealed that during a closed-door session, lawmakers deliberated on the non-appearance of the IGP after a series of invitation which the Senate noted was disrespectful to the institution and constitutional authority.

"The Senate resolves to declare the IGP as an enemy of democracy and not fit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria and that the refusal of the IG to appear before an investigative committee, as also ruled by a court of competent jurisdiction, is a great danger to our democracy" the Senate President said.

Sharing same sentiments as Saraki, Senator Ahmad Lawan, said "It is very unusual for a public servant to act like this; I have never seen this before anywhere in the world. We need to take a decision because this affects security in the entire country."

Another senator, Enyinaya Abaribe, said the IGP showed "no respect for the law" in the country.

The Senate had summoned the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris over the state of insecurity in parts of the country and the ongoing dispute with Senator Dino Melaye, member representing Kogi West senatorial district.

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