Nigeria: Police to Challenge in Court Senate’s Indictment of IGP

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The Nigeria Police Force has said it will mount a legal challenge against the Senate’s declaration that the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris is an “enemy of democracy, unfit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria”.

The Senate had made the pronouncement onWednesday, following its third failed attempt at making the police boss appear and answer questions on the nation’s security and alleged maltreatment of Senator Dino Melaye by law officers.

Commissioner of Police (Legal), Force Headquarters, Mr. David Igbodo, said the police would want the court to interpret whether each time the IGP is invited to appear before the National Assembly, he must appear in person.

The Senate however has accused Idris of trying to mislead the public on the declaration. Its spokesperson, Senator Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi (APC, Niger North), said the IGP should stop providing irrelevant facts to back his refusal to obey Senate’s invitations, which according to him were in respect of killings across the country and not about the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye.

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