👤 By Adenike Lucas
“Democracy is dying bit by bit,” a lawmaker in Nigeria has said after the Inspector General of Police Idris Ibrahim refused to appear before the National Assembly for the third time.
The Police Chief was summoned by the Senate to give a report on the incessant killings happening in the country, but his non-compliance “shows the abuse of power and office,” Senator Enyinaya Abaribe stated.
He said: “What the IG is doing in the eyes of the world, shows that there is no respect for the law.”
The Senate President also tore into Mr Idris for refusing to show up today despite many concessions for his previous disobedience.
Senator Bukola Saraki said: “I think this is very unusual and unfortunate. I feel that a public officer should do what is in the interest of the public. Where any public officer feels he cannot, then there is no need for him to continue to occupy that kind of office.”
“The Senate noted this as disrespectful to the institution and constitutional authority and that the refusal of the IG to appear before an investigative committee as also ruled by a court of competent jurisdiction is a great danger to our democracy.
“Therefore the Senate resolves to declare the IGP as an enemy of democracy and not fit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria.”
Senator Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the House of Representative had both meet with President Muhammadu Buihari on Monday to report the IGP.
Isah Misau, who represents Bauchi Central argued that “what the IGP is doing is not against the Senate but against the presidency that appointed him into office.”
Senator Misau, a former police officer said it was an “unforutnate” situation and agreed with the Senate President saying: “The IG is not competent to be in the office.”