OrderPaperToday – One would have expected that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris would make a humble appearance before the Senate after failing to honour a prior invitation before a Committee probing accusations of sundry corruption against him.
The IGP’s forced appearance on Wednesday was heralded by a huge crowd of supporters which gathered at the gate of the national assembly. The protesters demanded that the police boss be freed from the claws of the senate interrogation.
A bus used to convey the crowd was seen at the location as they carried banners that contained inscriptions like “Civil Society Organisations support Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris for enhanced increased security.”
Another banner from a women group read “We stand by IGP.”
Idris came at 2:10pm with a massive entourage of mean looking police men led by ranking officers, including the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr. Jimoh Moshood.
The police men strategically positioned around the hearing room and the sprawling complex, initially resisted the entrance of journalists to the venueat the new Senate wing Room 117.
Addressing reporters, one of them said in husky voice said: “We were ordered not to allow anyone enter again. You all have to call the national assembly security to identify you all before we allow you in.”
After having waited for few minutes without sighting any of the members of the committee, the top cop left the meeting room with his men which gave journalists the opportunity to make a quick entrance into the venue.
Few minutes later, the members of the probe panel came as the IGP also re-appeared with his Counsel, Alex Iziyon.
The ambiance in the room appeared extremely tensed as Mr. Idris carefully chose every little word that came out of his mouth whilst making some stuttering.
In response to a flutter of questions, the police boss insisted that he “only appeared out of respect,” a comment which caused a stir among senators and some side talk. One could perceive tempers were almost flaring.
The committee appeared extremely displeased but given that the IGP behaved like he had rehearsed every word spoken, the senators had little options.
The committee adjourned on the ground that they would study the documents served by the counsel to Mr. Idris. The meeting lasted for about an hour and 15 minutes but not an ounce of productive result was achieved. At least on the side of the Senate because the documents submitted could as well have been sent in without making appearance.