The Inspector General of Police has given reasons why he failed to appear before the Senate in relation to the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye.
In a statement through the police PRO, Jimoh Moshood, the IGP warned the Senate not to trivialise the current issues surrounding Melaye’s arrest. The IG sent his deputy to represent him at the Senate hearing but the lawmakers refused to grant the DIG audience.
It will be recalled that a few days ago senator Melaye was arrested by police officers over allegations of gun running and criminal conspiracy. Below is the full statement from the Police on the IG’s absence from the Senate hearing;
“The Nigeria Police Force is a law-abiding organization and holds the Senate and its leadership in high esteem. However, the Force wishes to impress on the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria not to personalise or trivialise the criminal offences (Criminal Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms and other sundry offences) indicting Sen. Dino Melaye from confessions of two (2) suspected kidnappers and Armed Robbers namely: Kabiru Saidu a.k.a Osama and Nuhu Salisu a.k.a Small; but should allow the rule of law and justice to prevail.
It is on the basis of the above that while the Inspector General of Police is on an official assignment in Bauchi State that he delegated the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations to represent him and honour the invitation of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria in respect of the felonious offenses for which Sen. Dino Melaye was taken into Police custody, investigated and to be arraigned in the Federal High Court, Lokoja without further delay.
Consequently, the general public are hereby implored to note that the Inspector General of Police acted rightly in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Police Act and Regulation and other extant laws by delegating the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations to represent him at the Senate, National Assembly today 26th April, 2018 to present the Police report, actions and findings in a case of Criminal Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms and other sundry offenses indicting Senator Dino Melaye.”
The statement was silent on whether or not Mr Idris would appear before the Senate on May 2.