IG right to refuse Senate’s invitation over Melaye, say Police, Falana (ThisDay)

IG right to refuse Senate’s invitation over Melaye, say Police, Falana (ThisDay)

The Nigeria Police Force has insisted that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, was right in his refusal to honour the invitation by the Nigerian Senate over the worsening security situation in the country and allegations of human rights violations.
This view was corroborated by human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, who asserted that Section 88 of the Constitution cannot be invoked to inquire into the investigation of criminal allegation involving a senator “because the section is subject to the provisions of other sections thereof.”

In a statement yesterday, the Force Public Relations Officer (PRO), ACP Jimoh Moshood, said rather than issue of national security, the Senate’s summon to Idris was because of the arrest of Sen. Dino Melaye.

Moshood said their response was to debunk the claims made in media publication credited to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sen. Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi, that “IGP should stop holding on to the straw on why he refused to comply with the invitation of the Senate for him to come and explain what the Police are doing on the spate of killing across the country.” Read more

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