OrderPaperToday – A Senator who served in the 6th Assembly, Anietie Okon, has given the 8th Senate recommendations on how to tackle the Inspector General of Police’s refusal to appear at the Senate.
The police IG, Mr. Ibrahim Idris has consistently ignored summons by the red chamber to brief lawmakers on the vicious treatment of Senator Dino Melaye by the Police as well as the level of insecurity permeating the country.
Instead of showing up, the IGP sent his Deputy on two occasions and no representative at all the last time.
This action has sparked criticism from the public about the strength of the 8th Senate seeing as an officer can publicly disrespect the institution and remain unpunished.
It is worthy to note that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have met President Muhammadu Buhari who promised to do something about it but still has not.
The upper legislative chamber and the Police resorted to a war of words, via public statements released by spokespersons from either camp, where they battled on the validity of the IGP’s disobedience.
In one of such statements, the Senate declared the IGP “an enemy of democracy and unfit to hold public office.” In response to this, the Police fired a rebuttal where they claimed that the chamber was more concerned about the mistreatment of Senator Melaye than the insecurity in the country, particularly because the Police boss had sent a delegation to represent him twice.
Speaking with Senator Okon in an exclusive interview, he pointed out that nothing of the same nature occurred during his time in the chamber because “the Office of the Commander-in-Chief and President respected the institution.”
Advising the upper legislative chamber, he said: “They should declare that there is a total breakdown of law and order in Nigeria. Let the senate withdraw recognition from him and declare there is no Inspector General of Police.”