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IGP Idris was invited by Senate because of Dino Melaye, say police

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Nigeria Police Force has alleged that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was invited by the Senate because of Sen. Dino Melaye and not the killings across the country as claimed.

The Senate at plenary recently declared the I-G as enemy of democracy and unfit to hold any public office within and outside the country for failing to honour its invitation thrice.

The Senate had refused the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in-charge of operations and other senior police officers to represent the I-G when he was invited on April 26.

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“The recent claim by the Senate that the reason for inviting the I-G is to brief them on the recent killings in some part of the Country is an afterthought which can be seen from the headings of their invitation letters,” Jimoh Moshood, police spokesman, said in Abuja on Saturday,

Mr Moshood, an assistant superintendent of police, said if the invitation was for him to brief the senate on strategies adopted in tackling killings in the country, it would not have been planned for a national television.

“The Senate’s action to cover the appearance of the I-G on National Television is against national security, unconventional and it negates global security practice,” he said.

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The spokesman said that the letter the Senate wrote inviting the I-G clearly showed that the invitation was not about the killings but about Mr Melaye.

“From the headings of the invitation letters, it is very clear that the I-G was invited on those occasions by the Senate purposely because of Senator Dino Melaye’s criminal indictment,” he said.

Mr Moshood said the purported list of killings in Nigerian this year by the Senate was shocking, unfortunate and capable of worsening the security situation in the country.

“It is mischievous and heinous to play politics with people’s lives; even if it is a soul.

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“The release is speculative and not supported by any fact. Office of the Senate President does not receive or process security report from state commands,” he said.

He said the force as a law-abiding entity would continue to uphold the rule of law in all its ramifications.

“The Force insists on due process of the law and once again implores the Senate not to whip-up sentiments or resort to self-help but to allow the rule of law and justice to prevail on the whole matter,” he said.

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