The Senate was yesterday smarting over the refusal of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to honour their invitation on the arrest and mistreatment of Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West) and the spate of killings across the country.
Idris was to appear before the Senate during plenary Thursday, rather he followed President Muhammadu Buhari on his two-day visit to Bauchi State and sent a Deputy Inspector General (Operations), Habila Joshak to represent him
Senators rejected Joshak and fixed next week Wednesday for the ‘compulsory’ appearance of the IG.
The Senate deputy leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah said it was worrying that the IGP chose to travel with President Buhari despite their invitation.
“By the Votes and Proceedings, it is the IGP and I think it won’t be right for us to go against it. The invitation for the IG is by the 180 million Nigerians through their representatives. The way I see the institution of democracy is being treated, I’m not comfortable,” he said.
Senate President Bukola Saraki said the dignity and integrity of democratic institutions must be protected.
He said the decision of the IG to send the DIG in his stead was not respectful enough, adding that “those who were appointed by the President are creating more problems for him.”
The relationship between the executive and legislature hit a low recently following the snatching of the mace by thugs, and the move by the IG is likely to aggravate it.