Unic Press UK: The upper chamber of the Nigerian bicameral legislative body, the Senate, has passed a vote of no confidence on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
The vote of no confidence follows the blatant refusal of the Inspector General (IG) to honour congressional invitation extended to him thrice over the arrest/prosecution/detention of Senator Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi West).
UPDATE: Today, the Senate resolved that the Inspector General (IG) of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is unfit to hold public office. The Senate noted that the IG’s refusal to appear before it, after several invitations makes him a persistent threat and enemy of the nation’s democracy. pic.twitter.com/MRT83kB4Gk
— The Senate President (@SPNigeria) May 9, 2018
Many of the senators who spoke Wednesday during the plenary session had expressed shock over the disdainful manner by which the Police chief had treated invitations from the Senate.
“It is very unusual for a public servant to act like this. I have never see this before anywhere in the world, we need to take a decision because this affects security in the entire country.” (Senator Ahmad Lawan, APC-Yobe North and Senate Leader)
“What the IGP is doing is not against the Senate but against the presidency that appointed him into office, it’s unfortunate. The IG is not competent to be in the office.” (Senator Isah Misau, APC-Bauchi Central)
“What is happening today in Nigeria shows that democracy is dying bit by bit and also shows the abuse of power and office by the IG. What the IG is doing in the eyes of the world, shows that there is no respect for the law.” (Senator Enyinaya Abaribe)