Senate threatens arrest of police IG over refusal to honour invitation.

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The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday failed to appear before the Senate committee probing into allegations made against him by the lawmaker representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isah Misau.

The Chairman of the Committee investigating the Various Allegations Levelled against the Police, Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission, Senator Francis Alimikhena, revealed that Idris wrote a letter through his lawyer, Alex Iziyon (SAN), to inform the Senate panel that it would be sub judice to speak on the matter as there were pending cases in court.

Misau had last week appeared before the panel, where he made more allegations on the crisis between him and the police boss, including how Idris allegedly gave two Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) to the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari.

He had also alleged that Idris diverted funds appropriated for the acquisition of Armoured Personnel Carriers in the 2016 budget to purchase personal vehicles.

Alimikhena, while addressing journalists insisted that the police boss must appear before the panel or threatening to issue a warrant for his arrest.

“The Inspector General of Police says he will not appear before this committee because he has gone to court and that there are three cases he went to court for; that if he should appear before the committee, it will be sub judice and because of it, he will not appear. Most of the allegations levelled against him and virement in the 2016 budget were not part of why they went to court,” he revealed.

“This committee was constituted before the IG went to court; the court case will not deter our committee because, following the principles of separation of power, no court can stop our committee.

“By Section 89(c) and (d) of the 1999 Constitution, we are still going to invite the IG to appear before us to answer specific questions like virement of 2016 Appropriation Act based on our oversight functions, which Senator Misau alleged too. He is to appear before us on Tuesday next week. We are going to write him specifically.

“So, I just want to let you know that the Inspector General of Police will not be appearing this afternoon but we are going to write him again to appear before us on Tuesday next week otherwise, we will be forced to invoke Section 89(c) of the 1999 Constitution and issue a warrant for his arrest.”

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