Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has said he has no apology for not appearing before the Senate on three consecutive invitations over the alleged manhandling by police of Senator Dino Melaye.
Idris has also described the resolution of the Senate during its plenary on Wednesday finding him unfit to hold public office as not only unfortunate but also a blackmail, a witch hunt, and mischievous.
The Inspector General who made this known in a statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer Jimoh Moshood via their official twitter account.
“It is urgently imperative that the Nigeria Police Force respond to this resolution of the Senate which is a deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting, unfortunate and mischievous.
“The Force will not be intimidated by any individual, groups or institution, constituent or otherwise to abdicate from its constitutional responsibilities of protection of lives and property and due enforcement of the rule of law, and law and order across the Country.”
“The Nigeria Police Force as a law abiding organization will continue to hold the Senate of Federal Republic of Nigeria in high esteem but wishes to impress on the Senate not to harbour criminal elements among its fold or condone criminality.”
“The General Public are hereby implored to disregard and discountenance the resolution of the Senate on the IGP as adeliberate blackmail, witch-hunting and mischievously aimed at casting aspersions on the hard earned integrity of the IGP and the Nigeria Police Force.”
“The Nigeria Police Force, therefore, owes no apology to any individual or groups in its effort to ensure preservation of law and order, supremacy of the law of the land, and make sure that all Nigerians are subject to the same law, no matter what their position is in the society.”
“The Inspector General of Police and the Nigeria Police Force will not be deterred by blackmail from any individual or group no matter how highly placed from the enforcement of Law and Order and ensuring that the Rule of Law prevails. No matter whose Ox is gored.”
“The NPF wishes inform the General Public that the reasons for which the Senate has summoned the IGP is official & not personal, & the 1999 constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended & the Police Act & Regulations allowed the IGP to delegate DIG or AIG to represent him.”
“The action of the Senate in its resolution against the IGP is a deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting with mischievous motives to hand-twist the IGP to pervert the end of justice in a felonious and serious offenses of Criminal Conspiracy & Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms.”
“It is on the basis of the above that when on the 25th of April, 2018, the Senate invited the Inspector-General of Police to appear before it on the 26th of April 2018, in respect of the felonious offenses for which Sen. Dino Melaye was taken into Police custody, investigated and arraigned in a Court of Competent Jurisdiction in Lokoja, but because the Inspector-General of Police was on official assignment with the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria to Bauchi on same date, he delegated the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Department of Operations, Assistant Inspector-Generals of Police and some Commissioners of Police conversant with the matter to brief the Senate.
“The delegated Officers went with a brief of the Inspector-General of Police on the matter to the Senate to enable the Senate appreciate the issues raised to guide their resolutions on the matter, but the Senate refused to listen to the Officers delegated by the Inspector-General of Police in line with his powers recognized by both the Constitution and the Police Act and Regulations.