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Saraki To IGP: "Obey Us & Report At The Senate, Court Can't Stop Your Probe"

Senate President Bukola Saraki has asked the IG of Police, Ibrahim Idris to appear before the Senate ad hoc committee set up to probe allegations and counter-allegations against him by a serving senator who's representing Bauchi Central District, Senator Isa Misau.

Chairman of the committee investigating the allegations, Sen. Francis Alimikhena, who raised a point of order at the plenary on Thursday, insisted that his panel would not stop the probe as requested by IGP Idris’ lawyers but had rather invited the police boss afresh.

He said, “The Inspector General of Police failed to appear before the ad hoc committee yesterday, 1st November, 2017. The committee received a letter from Alex Iziyon (SAN) & Co that they were acting on the order of the Inspector General of Police to write to the committee to stand down the investigation or, if possible, put it in permanent abeyance because, according to the letter, the matter is before the FCT High Court.

“The letter from Iziyon cannot stop the committee from performing its constitutional role. The committee therefore resolved accordingly to, once again, invite the Inspector General of Police to appear before the committee on Tuesday, 7th of November, 2017, unfailingly.”

Saraki, in his remarks, asked Alimikhena to report back to the chamber on whatever happens on the new date, while asking Idris to obey the law and appear before the panel.

He said, “As the chief law enforcement officer who we expect to know what the law is, (Idris) should know that there are judgments that clearly state that such cannot stop the Senate from doing its job and I think that he is best advised to follow the law and ensure that he has nothing to hide, and come and appear like anyone else before the committee.

“So, report back to us next Tuesday on the outcome of that.”

The IGP had failed to appear before the committee on Wednesday after he was summoned. Instead, he wrote through his lawyer, Alex Iziyon (SAN), telling the panel that his appearance would be sub judice as there were pending cases in court on the matter.

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