Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police was on Wednesday ordered by the Senate to restore the police security of Willie Obiano, governor of Anambra state.
Idris had withdrawn the governor’s ADC and other security aides, noting that it was to prevent a re-occurrence of past experience.
According to him, “the withdrawal of the ADC was based on the previous experience the police recorded whereby the military caught an ADC to an unnamed governor escorting a vehicle loaded with arms on Election Day.
“We do not mean anything bad to Anambra governor on this action; his ADC will be returned to him early Sunday morning after the governorship election on Saturday Nov.18.
“We have equally withdrawn all the policemen attached to political appointees, Local Government Chairmen and others in Anambra till after the election.’’
But Senator Bunmi Olujimi, who moved the motion said the IGP’s action is “a very bad thing” for the country’s democracy.
She noted that it mean in 2019 the President, Senate President or Speaker may lose their aides.
On his part, Senate President Bukola Saraki said the IGP needs to “do the right thing” to protect the country’s democracy
“What is wrong is wrong and should not be misinterpreted that whatever actions of the IG of the police was a directive of the government. The IG needs to do the right thing to protect this democracy,” he said.
The senate further directed its committee on police affairs to ensure that Obiano’s aides are restored by Thursday.