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IGP Idris finally appears before senate committee but with sealed lips

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IGP Idris finally appears before senate committee but with sealed lips

On Wednesday, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris finally honoured the invitation by the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating the allegations levelled against him by the lawmaker representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Senator Isah Misau.

He said that his appearance was “out of high respect” for the senate and not for any other reason.

Idris had refused to honour two previous invitations until a third one was accompanied with the threat of an arrest. He appeared before the committee in company of his lawyer, Alex Izinyon (SAN), the Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters, Senator Ita Enang and some senior officials of the Nigeria Police Force.

No comments: When asked to comment on the issue after a summary of the allegations were read to him, the Police boss refused to speak, as his lawyer rose to do so on his behalf. The lawmakers however insisted that their question was directed at TIdris and no his lawyer.

Eventually, Idris read a short prepared speech, highlighting the following:

  • That he would not answer any questions nor make any comment regarding the issue as it is already a subject of litigation. “I will not make any oral comment or answer any question in respect of the allegations in view of the various civil and criminal cases pending in the law courts; more especially when the senator has already been arraigned in court in respect of this matter. I decided to appear before this Senate committee on the allegations out of high respect I have for the Senate and my respect for the rule of law. Furthermore, it is expected that the Senate and the committee will refrain from making references to the issues as it will be against Order 41 (7) and 53 (5) of the Senate Standing Orders 2 (15) as amended,” he said.

After that statement, Idris said nothing else all through the committee’s sitting.

His lawyer told the senators that just that morning, a court order was obtained restraining the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and members of the committee from taking further steps on the matter until the court has decided on or in the alternative, to appear at the FCT High Court on November 18, 2017, “to show cause and for hearing of the substantive application.”

Izinyon also made reference to Order 53(5) of the “Senate Standing Rules which states that  reference shall not be made to any matter on which a judicial decision is pending in such a way as might, in the opinion of the President of the Senate, prejudice the interest of parties thereto.”

The chairman of the committee, Francis Alimikhena thereafter adjourned the hearing indefinitely.

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