The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has responded to the Senate resolution on his non-appearance before the upper chamber, saying he owed them no apologies.
The IG said he did not have to appear before the lawmakers,
noting that a senior police officer of the rank of Deputy Inspector-General or
an Assistant Inspector-General could act on his behalf in an
official capacity at any function.
This, he added, is in consonance with Sections 7(1),312(1), 313(2) of the Police Act,
a statement on Wednesday in Abuja by the force spokesman,
Jimoh Moshood stated.
It explained that Senator Dino Melaye was certified fit to stand trial by doctors
at the National Hospital before he was arraigned before
Chief Magistrate Courts in Wuse, Abuja and Lokoja.
The police described the Senate resolution against Idris as
“a deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting with mischievous motives to
hand-twist the IGP to pervert the end of justice”
in a felonious and serious offenses of criminal conspiracy and unlawful possession
of prohibited firearms for which Senator Dino Melaye was allegedly
indicted by two principal suspects, Kabiru Seidu aka Osama
and Nuhu Salisu aka Small.
The statement added,
“The IG and the Nigeria Police Force will not be deterred
by blackmail from any individual or group no matter how highly
placed from the enforcement of Law and Order and ensuring
that the Rule of Law prevails.
“The Nigeria Police Force, therefore, owes no apology to any individual or
groups in its effort to ensure the preservation of law and order,
supremacy of the law of the land, and make sure that all Nigerians
are subject to the same law,
no matter what their position is in the society.”
Moshood asked the public to disregard the resolution of the
Senate on Idris which he said was “mischievously aimed at
casting aspersions on the hard-earned
integrity of the IG and the Nigeria Police Force.”
He said, “The Nigeria Police Force as a law-abiding organization will continue to hold
the Senate in high esteem but wishes to impress on the Senate not to
harbour criminal elements among its fold or condone criminality.”
“The Force will not be intimidated by any individual, groups or institution,
constituent or otherwise to abdicate from its constitutional responsibilities of
protection of lives and property and due enforcement of the rule of law,
and law and order across the country,” the police spokesman said.