Senator Bukola Saraki, president of Senate, has said the refusal by the Inspector-General of Police to appear before the Senate was “a threat to democracy in the country”.
"The IG has said that he cannot come. He wants to delegate it to a junior to come. Since we returned to democracy, there has been no IG that has refused to come. He is doing this, and this is a threat to our democracy. It is not only to us, it is also to the President", said Saraki during Senate’s plenary on Wednesday.
He continued: “The President told him to go to Benue, and he refused to go. His immediate boss, the Vice-President is a SAN. I know that he will not condone this. Also, Mr. President will not condone this".
In his comment, Senator Bala Ibn Na'Allah, the Deputy Majority Leader, equally deplored IGP idris’ absence.
“Last time we invited him, he approached a court. If after sending the DIG to approach the IG about our invitation, I am in a state of shock … as a deliberate policy of this Senate, we must do everything within our powers to ensure that we harvest away sycophants and all those that do not respect Constitutional authority," he said.
"We need a delegation of this House, to register the displeasure of the Senate on the non-appearance of the IG of Police to the President. If we begin to have this kind of conduct, it is insulting our collective resolve of this Senate to assist Mr. President."
The senate resolved that the Majority Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan and the chairman of the Senate Committee on Police should liaise with the executive on the development.