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Inspector General Of Police States Reasons For Dishonoring The Senate

Ibrahim Idris, The Inspector General  Of Police, in a statement by the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, stated his reasons for not appearing when summoned by the Senate.

Ibrahim Idris

IG was asked to appear before the Senate due to the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye.

Senator Melaye was arrested for allegedly funding criminals, who after being interrogated, confessed him as part of the criminal conspiracy.

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The Senator is presently receiving medical  treatment after he was claimed to have jumped off the police vehicle.

However the IG in his statement  said the it is the obligation of the police force to not just enforce the law, but also to abide by it.

“The Nigeria Police Force is a law abiding organization and holds the Senate and its leadership in high esteem. “However the Force wishes to impress on the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria not to personalise or trivialise the criminal offenses (Criminal Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms and other sundry offenses) indicting Sen. Dino Melaye from confessions of two (2) suspected kidnappers and Armed Robbers namely: Kabiru Saidu a.k.a Osama and Nuhu Salisu a.k.a Small; but should allow the rule of law and justice to prevail.

“The functions, duties and responsibilities of the Inspector General of Police as listed in Section 215 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria can also be carried out as mentioned in section 312 (1) of the Police Act and Regulation by a senior officer of the Force of the Rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police and Assistant Inspector General of Police who if permitted by the Inspector General of Police to act on his behalf or represent him in official capacity at any function, event or programme within and outside Nigeria can do so in consonant with the provisions of the Police Act and Regulation.

“It is on the basis of the above that while the Inspector General of Police is on an official assignment in Bauchi State that he delegated the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations to represent him and honour the invitation of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria in respect of the felonious offenses for which Sen. Dino Melaye was taken into Police custody, investigated and to be arraigned in the Federal High Court, Lokoja without further delay.

“Consequently, the general public are hereby implored to note that the Inspector General of Police acted rightly in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Police Act and Regulation and other extant laws by delegating the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations to represent him at the Senate, National Assembly today 26th April, 2018 to present the Police report, actions and findings in a case of Criminal Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms and other sundry offenses indicting Senator Dino Melaye.”

Although the IG sent a deputy to represent him, the Senate refused the replacement, and fixed a new date- May 2, for him to appear.