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JUST IN: Senate devises another means of entrapping Police IG, issues fresh summons

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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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After failing to appear before the Nigerian Senate for the third time, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has been served a fresh summon by the lawmakers.

The Senate had summoned Mr Idris on three occasions to appear before them over Dino Melaye’s travails in the hands of Nigerian police which the IGP had consistently been ‘snubbing’.

However, the lawmakers have devised another means to entrap the recalcitrant IGP.

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In a statement signed by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sabi Abdullahi, this time around the lawmakers want Mr Idris to appear before them and explain what the Police are doing over the spates of killings in different parts of the country.

Part of the statement reads: “The Senate said the crux of the matter that informed the invitation is the ceaseless spate of killings across the country and that matters concerning the arrest of Senator Melaye has in fact been overtaken by events.

“We noted the response issued by one Jimoh Moshood on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris following yesterday’s resolution of the legislative chamber on the continued refusal of the IGP to honour the invitation for him to come and explain what the police are doing to halt the spate of killings across the country.

“Let it be known that the IGP by trying to reduce the reason for his invitation by the Senate to the arrest of Sen. Dino Melaye is simply holding on to straw. The issue of Sen. Melaye’s arrest has been overtaken by events.

“The courts are already handling the related cases. Our main concern is the security crisis across the country where people are being killed in scores on daily basis. The primary responsibility of the Police is maintenance of law and order as well as protection of lives and property.

“If there is a breach along the line of this responsibility, we do not see why the IGP should feel he cannot be invited to offer explanation to the arm of government which is constitutionally empowered to ask questions and investigate the breach.”

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