The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has failed to honour an invitation to appear before the Senate for the third time.
In a standoff that’s been going on for weeks, IGP Idris was expected to answer questions on the arrest and brutalisation of a Senator Dino Melaye, and spike in killings across the country.
The first time he was supposed to appear, the chairman of senate committee on police affairs, Abu Ibrahim, informed the lawmakers that the IGP had accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari for an official visit to Bauchi State.
The Senate re-summoned Mr Idris on May 2after it refused to allow the deputy Inspector-General of Operations to represent him, and again, he did not show up.
The Senate issued a third summons following a suggestion by the senate president, Bukola Saraki, who had stated that the IG’s failure to honour their invitation was an insult to the presidency too.
Mr Idris had been due to attend the senate plenary today, May 9, only, he did not show up again.
Mr Saraki announced his non-appearance after some minutes of wait to allow him into the chamber.
“I’ve just been informed that the IG or any member of his team are not here,” he said.
The stunned lawmakers are currently deliberating on next line of action, with Senator Melaye still in custody and the spate of killings on the rise.