Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris who approached a Federal High Court in Abuja, to stop senate’s invitation for a legislative hearing, has lost his suit.
IGP Idris who filed after two successive invitations by the Senate, saw his suit ruled out by Justice John Tsoho who said his excuse for not honouring the Senate’s invitation was not tenable. The Judge who agreed with the Senate and its President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who were the two defendants, that the suit was only aimed at preventing the Senate from carrying out its legitimate and constitutional responsibility, said the suit amounted to an abuse of court process.
The IGP’s second suit in which he sought an order quashing the May 9, 2018 resolution of the Senate declaring him “an enemy of democracy and unfit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria”, had the Judge withdrawing from the case. Punch reported that he sent the case file back to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, re-assignment to another judge.
The Senate’s Invitation was for the IGP to appear before it in relation to the purported inhuman treatment of the Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, and the killings in many parts of the country, including Benue, Plateau and Kwara States.
However IGP refused to appear before the Senate but delegated the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations) and Commissioner of Police, Kogi State, to represent him at the Senate. His two representatives were not granted audience by the Senate, as they insisted that the IG must personally appear for the legislative hearing.