THE Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, who was billed to appear before the Senate today to brief the lawmakers at plenary on the ordeal the Chairman, Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Dino Melaye, APC Kogi West has been going through in the hands of the Nigeria Police on alleged illegal possession of ammunition, shunned the upper chamber.
The Inspector-General of who failed to appear, however decided to travel with President Muhammadu Buhari on a visit to Bauchi State.
Meanwhile, the Senate has re-summoned Idris to appear next week Wednesday at 11.00am.
Senators who spoke were visibly angry that the Police boss refused to intimate the Senate of his non appearance through a letter.
The non appearance of Idris was however disclosed to the Senate through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, who had earlier informed the deputy Senate leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’allah.
The Senate however refused to all the Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG, Habila Joshak who came to represent the Inspector General of Police.
Recalled that the Senate had on Wednesday summoned the Inspector- General of Police to appear before it today, just as the police boss was to also brief the Senate on the recent killings that have become daily occurrence and remained unabated.
Resolution to summon the Inspector General of Police to appear before the Senate today was sequel to a motion moved by Senator Sam Anyanwu (PDP Imo East).
Senator Anyanwu who came under Orders 14 and 15 of the Senate standing rules said that the treatment being meted to Senator Melaye by the Police on alleged illegal possession of ammunition, was an affront to democracy since the said matter was already in court.
Anyanwu said, “All of us as Senators, are demeaned by the way Senator Melaye is being handled by the Police since Tuesday morning when he made himself available for arrest.
“It would be very wrong for us to allow things continue this way . The Inspector General of the Police must be summoned to explain why a serving Senator is being treated like a common criminal.”