Senate to arrest IGP

IGP Ibrahim Idris on Wednesday failed to appear before the Senate committee probing into allegations made against him by Sen. Isa Misau representing Bauchi Central.
Idris wrote a letter through his lawyer, Alex Iziyon (SAN), to inform the Senate panel that it would be sub judice to speak on the matter as there were pending cases in court.
Misau had last week appeared before the Senate’s Ad Hoc Committee to Investigate the Various Allegations Levelled against the Police, Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission to make more allegations.
The senator said, among others, how Idris allegedly gave two Sports Utility Vehicles to First Lady Aisha Buhari.
He had also alleged that Idris diverted funds appropriated for the acquisition of Armoured Personnel Carriers in the 2016 budget to purchase personal vehicles.
The panel chairman, Senator Francis Alimikhena, however, insusted on Wednesday, that the police boss must appear before the panel.
“Most of the allegations levelled against him and virement in the 2016 budget were not part of why they went to court,” he said.
“This committee was constituted before the IG went to court; the court case will not deter our committee because, following the principles of separation of power, no court can stop our committee.
“By Section 89(c) and (d) of the 1999 Constitution, we are still going to invite the IG to appear before us to answer specific questions like virement of 2016 Appropriation Act based on our oversight functions, which Senator Misau alleged too. He is to appear before us on Tuesday next week. We are going to write him specifically.”
“Otherwise, we will be forced to invoke Section 89(c) of the 1999 Constitution,” and issue a warrant for his arrest.”

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