QUICK MATCH TOWARDS A FAILED DEMOCRACY

May 10, 2018

I have not read the PRESS RELEASE issued by the Nigeria Police Force on Senate’s decisions of yesterday, and I do not intend to ever read it. It is however posted as footnote for record purposes.

What is happening is the desecration of a supposedly young and developing but battered democracy, and this has to be condemned seriously.

Yes, the Nigerian Senate has a nose to sniff breaches of human rights, but only in situations when the victim is a big time crook, or insider fraudster for the Senate to sniff such breach.

Nevertheless, it is highly unfortunate, and smacks of total disrespect for an arm of Government, for the Nigeria Police Force to respond or react to a ruling of the Senate through a PRESS RELEASE. For a law-enforcement agency, this is totally unacceptable.

Truth be told, the Nigerian Parliament is devoid of inquiring minds, that see themselves as servants, and not lords, of the people. We all wish that our parliament is populated by people of better carriage, humble mien, and ready to serve the people who they represent. A focused and responsible Parliament would have gone ahead to deal with the DIG who represented the IGP, with a focus on solving the problem at hand, rather than leave the problem unresolved, to waste time and effort chasing shadows.

The IGP could be dealt with much later after resolving the attendant issues at hand.

In my industry days, Parliament accepted pushbacks when they made mistakes by insisting that only CEOs of telecommunication companies should attend to their invitation. In an industry where CEOs are, in the main, political appointees, sometimes without adequate grasp of the nitty-gritty of corporate operations, Parliament often lose the opportunity of getting good, useful, information on matters of their enquiry, even as some feel Parliament has no business with some of the interventions they engage in especially in private business.

Unfortunately, some of these actions have the net effect of casting negative image on our industries and drive away potential investors even from among us.

As we speak, the Senate is focused on the appearance of the IGP, and not on the real issue of Nigerians, who continue to be slaughtered like cattle.

If we search deeper, dino’s matter may be more important to them than the issue we all think is at hand.

So where do we go from here?

“Date: 9th May, 2018

PRESS RELEASE

STATEMENT BY THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE IN RESPONSE TO SENATE DECLARING IGP IBRAHIM K. IDRIS AS ENEMY OF DEMOCRACY AND UNFIT TO HOLD ANY PUBLIC OFFICE WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY.

· THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE CONSIDERS THE RESOLUTION AS A DELIBERATE BLACKMAIL, WITCH-HUNTING, UNFORTUNATE AND MISCHIEVOUS

The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to the media reportage of the Senate’s resolution on Senate Order Paper of today, Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 after a closed door session that the “Senate declares the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim k. Idris, NPM, mni, as enemy of democracy and unfit to hold any public office within and outside the country”.

2. 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.

3. In accordance with the extant laws in Nigeria, the functions, duties and responsibilities of the Inspector General of Police as stated in Section 215(1a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, and the Police Act and Regulations Section 309(1) can also be carried out as mentioned in sections 7(1),312(1), 313(2) of the Police Act and Regulations by a senior officer of the Force of the Rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police or an Assistant Inspector General of Police who if permitted by the Inspector General of Police to act on his behalf or represent him in an official capacity at any official function, event or programme within and outside Nigeria can do so in consonant with the provisions of the Police Act and Regulations.

4. It is on the basis of the above that when on the 25thof 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.

5. 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.

6. The Senate again on the 26th of April 2018 wrote the Inspector-General of Police re-inviting him to appear before the Senate in person on the 2nd of May, 2018 but this time around the IGP was on official assignment to Birnin-Gwari Area of Kaduna State in company of the General Officer Commanding, One Division, Nigerian Army Kaduna, Major General Mohammed Mohammed to attend to some very serious security matters of National Importance, but he promptly delegated the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Research and Planning, Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police to represent him and brief the Senate on the same subject matter but the Senate again refused to accord them audience insisting that the Inspector-General of Police must appear in person.

7. On the 8th of May, 2018, the Inspector General of Police sent a letter to the President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria signed by the Commissioner of Police, Legal and Prosecution Department, explaining why he would not be appearing before the Senate on the 9th of May, 2018 due to legal restraint as a result of pending cases before the courts filed: (i) by Senator Dino Melaye against the IGP and the Nigeria Police Force in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja in suit No. CV/1610/18 slated for hearing on the 11th day of May, 2018.

(ii) by the Inspector General of Police against the Senate in the Federal High Court, Abuja in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/457/2018 adjourned to 31st May, 2018 for hearing.

8. It is on record thatconsequent on the confession of criminal offences indicting Senator Dino Melaye by the principal suspect KABIRU SAIDU a.k.a OSAMA “31 YRS”, The Nigeria Police Force, sent a letter of investigation activities/invitation dated 2nd March, 2018 addressed to the Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria informing and requesting him to release Senator Dino Melaye to report to Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command on the 7th of March, 2018 to answer to criminal offences of Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms levelled against him, this is to enable the Police Investigation Team carryout a discreet and thorough investigation into the case. But Senator Dino Melaye refused to honour the Police invitation.

9. It is pertinent that the Nigeria Police Force informs the members of the General Public that the reasons for which the Senate has summoned the Inspector General of Police is official and not personal, and the 1999 constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the Police Act and Regulations allowed the IGP to delegate Deputy Inspector General of Police or Assistant Inspector General of Police to represent him.

10. Consequently, the action of the Senate in its resolution against the IGP today is a deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting with mischievous motives to hand-twist the IGP to pervert the end of justice in afelonious and serious offenses of Criminal Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms for which Senator Dino Melaye who was indicted by two (2) Principal Suspects (Kabiru Seidu A.K.A OSAMA, Nuhu Salisu A.K.A SMALL) arrested forseveral cases of kidnappings and armed robberies in Kogi State are already standing trial in a court of competent jurisdiction.

11. It is important to correct the impression created in the minds of the people from the Senate’s resolution that the IGP is not and will not be an enemy to democracy. It is also of significant note to state thatIGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni, has served meritoriously for above Ten (10) years in the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations in several countries unblemished. The Nigeria Police Force is the first defender of Democracy and all democratic institutions in Nigeria and will continue to do so.

12. It is factual and verifiable that Senator Dino Melaye was discharged and certified fit to stand trial by the National Hospital, Abuja before he was arraigned in Chief Magistrate Courts in Wuse, Abuja and Lokoja.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. The General Public are hereby implored to disregard and discountenance the resolution of the Senate on the IGP as a deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting and mischievously aimed at casting aspersions on the hard earned integrity of the Inspector General of Police and the Nigeria Police Force.

16. 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 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.

ACP JIMOH MOSHOOD
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA”

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