OrderPaperToday – The Senate spokesman, Senator Sabi Abdullahi has looked to divert attention from the absence of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris on today’s delegation of security chiefs to the red chamber.
Security chiefs including the IGP were billed to appear before the Senate but while the Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, the Director-General (DG) of the Department of State Security, Lawal Daura appeared in person, the IGP and other invited security chiefs sent representatives to the meeting.
Recall that the IGP had been individually invited to the red chamber but failed to appear for three consecutive weeks, leading to the Senate declaring the Mr Idris as “an enemy of democracy” on the 9th of May, 2018.
Reacting to the latest non-appearance today, the senate spokesperson affirmed that the Senate declaration on the IG still stands but said that the Senate does not want be dragged back on the IGP snub.
He added that the most important thing was that the leader of the delegation, the Chief of Defence Staff was present, as the other members of the entourage including representative of the IGP are only there to support the Chief of Defence staff.
He said: “The Chief of Defence Staff was the leader of that delegation and when you invite people, with a leader of the delegation, of course anybody from that delegation can only build on what the leader has said.
“We had a robust discussion and we have heard from everybody. Today shows that when we invite security chiefs as we have done with the IG, it is not to come and do anything contrary, rather it is to have insight on what is happening concerning the security of our citizens”
A follow up question on the police and the IGP irritated Sabi who fired: “We are not singling out any unit, today’s meeting is not about police or immigration and that is why we brought all of them together. So let’s not go back to talking about the component of the whole, we are talking about the whole.
“We said security chiefs combined, I don’t want us to go into pointing people, because at the end of the day, it will now become the same subject matter of yesterday.”