I May Appear Before Senate – IGP

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By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has said out of respect for the Senate, he will appear before the red chamber.

LEADERSHIP recalls that on Thursday, Senate President, Bukola Saraki said the Inspector General of Police must appear before the panel probing allegations levelled against him by Senator Isah Hamma Misau.

The IGP was to appear on Wednesday before the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating various allegations levelled against him and the Police Service Commission by Misau, but the IGP through his lawyer, Alex lzinyon (SAN), wrote the panel saying he will not appear as the case was before a court.

Speaking to State House Correspondents on Friday after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, the IGP said he is still discussing with his legal team.

He said, “These are legal issues, we are discussing with our legal team, obviously if there is need we are going to appear for the sake of having respect for the Senate, I will appear before them.

He also disclosed that 21,000 police officers will be deployed for the Anambra election which is coming up on the 18th of his month.

He explained “Obviously we are deploring a lot of police officers, almost about 21,000 police officers to be able to provide adequate security in the Anambra election, we are deploying our water boats to take care of the water ways.

“We are deploring our helicopters to take care of the aerial surveillance and we are deploying our conventional police men and special police units to take care of situations on ground and by the grace of God we are going to have a successful and peaceful elections in Anambra State.

On security situation on Kaduna-Abuja highway, he said “Kaduna-Abuja road as you observed, we have deplored our special units there and we have arrested several of these kidnappers and I want to appreciate the effort of the National Assembly for providing sort of a death penalty for suspects arrested involved in some of these cases of kidnapping and sure that in some few weeks time we are going to have drastic fall in the report of some of these incidences of kidnapping on those areas because of these punishment that has been made now by the National Assembly.

“We are taking them to court on everyday basis, presently we have almost over 3000 suspects in the various police stations all over the country and we are taking them to court, recently I set up a task force to sort of streamline or scrutinise these cases so that we have speedy trial of some of these suspects,” he stated.

On his visit to the Villa, IGP said he came to discuss with the President on the security challenges the force is having and how they will face these security challenges adequately.

When asked on the major challenges facing the country, he said “The security challenges are obviously you know we are having elections in Anambra state and we are having challenges in various part of the country especially some of these issues of kidnapping and these are things I discussed with the President and the measures taken to address it squarely”.