IBRAHIM Idris, Inspector General of Police, has confirmed his readiness to appear before the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating him for allegations bothering on corruption.
Idris, who was at the Presidential Villa on Friday, where he had a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, however, said his appearance at the National Assembly on Tuesday, will be subject to approval from his legal team.
The IG came under the storm, recently over allegations raised by Senator Isa Misau of misappropriation of N7.2bn in the 2016 budget, nepotism and sexual alliances with female officers.
He was earlier summoned to appear on Wednesday by the ad hoc committee but failed to honour the invitation.
The IG’s counsel, Alex Izinyon, had explained that it would amount to sub-judice, if the IG had appeared before the Senate as the matter was before the law courts.
“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, “Idris told State House reporters shortly after he met the President.
The IG also revealed that he will be deploying 21,000 police personnel to man the Anambra gubernatorial election slated for November 18,2017.
He said modalities of how to ensure adequate security in the Anambra elections and other security challenges bedeviling the country came up for discussion in the meeting with the President.
He noted that kidnapping and other criminal activities, which had been prevalent, especially along the Kaduna-Abuja highway was being put under control, adding that the National Assembly deserved commendation for passing laws that can deter kidnapping in the country.
“Obviously I am here as usual to discuss with the Commander-in-Chief on the security challenges we are having and how we will face these security challenges adequately.
“Some of these security challenges are obvious; you know we are having elections in Anambra state and we are having challenges in various parts 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.
“We are deploying a lot of police officers, almost 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.
“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 I’m sure that in a 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 this punishment that has been made into law now by the National Assembly.
“We are taking them to court on everyday basis. Presently, we have almost over 3,000 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 scrutinize these cases so that we have speedy trials of some of these suspects,” he said. – Independent
– Nov 3, 2017 @ 14:58 GMT |