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IGP tells Court – Declare Senate’s insistence on my appearance illegal

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The Inspector of General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to declare as unconstitutional, the Senate’s insistence that he must appear for a legislative hearing in person.

Idris insisted in his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/457/2018 and filed on April 30, 2018, that his personal appearance before the Senate was unnecessary because the issues for which he was invited were not personal.

Our correspondent sighted the court processes on Thursday.

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The IGP, through his lawyer, Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), who filed the suit on his behalf, joined the President of the Senate, Dr.Bukola Saraki, and the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as defendants in his suit.

He noted that if he was to personally honour every invitation sent to the office of the IGP, there would be no time to attend to his main responsibilities.

The Senate had in a letter dated April 25, 2018, invited the IGP to appear before it in relation to the purported inhuman treatment of Senator Dino Melaye and the killings in many parts of the country.

The IGP, on April 26, 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.

But the Senate refused to grant an audience to the two representatives, insisting that the IGP must personally appear for the legislative hearing.

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The upper legislative chamber then rescheduled the meeting for May 2 and again directed that the IGP must honour its invitation in person.

The IGP, in a supporting affidavit accompanying his suit, said his action of delegating his subordinates to appear before the Senate was backed by law.

He said under the Constitution and Police Act, he had the power to delegate responsibilities, including directing some of his subordinates to represent him wherever he was  invited, more so that his choice of the DIG (Operations) and CP, Kogi State was on the basis that they were conversant with the issues for which he was invited.

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Both Saraki and the Senate, in a counter-affidavit, accused the IGP of using the court to shield himself from being scrutinised by the legislature.

They stated that the IGP’s representatives were denied audience because of “the weighty issues which require clarification as they touched on the very soul of our national existence and in order to ensure fruitful and meaningful deliberations.”

They prayed the court to reject the plaintiff’s prayers and dismiss the suit.

Justice John Tsoho on Thursday adjourned till June 29 for the hearing of the suit.

Source: The Punch

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FFK commends Osinbajo for overhauling SARS, demands justice for IPOB members and Nnamdi Kanu

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Former Aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has commended vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, for ordering the overhauling of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS.

 

Posting via his twitter handle, FFK called on the acting president to also bring to justice, those that have in the last three years, ”killed IPOB members and abducted its leader, Nnamdi Kanu”. See his tweets below.

 

FFK commends Osinbajo for overhauling SARS, demands justice for IPOB members and Nnamdi Kanu

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National Assembly release official statement saying no date for resumption has been picked

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Read the official statement released this morning below.

The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, have directed that we inform all Senators, Honorable Members and the public that a date has not been set for the reconvening of the Senate and the House of Representatives to consider the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 2019 elections budget request forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari onJuly 17, 2018.

The leadership of the two chambers had met and agreed to reconvene to consider the proposal this week before which a meeting between the Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Electoral Matters and officials of the INEC must have held on or before Monday August 13, 2018.

The joint committees were also expected to meet with the joint Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, Loans and Debts on the Eurobond loan request after which two reports would have been ready for presentation in the two chambers.

However, no such meeting had taken place yet as a result of which both Senate and House of Representatives cannot reconvene as there is no report to consider.

Until the Committees have a ready report for the consideration of the two chambers, it will be most irresponsible to recall members from recess especially those that may have travelled to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj.

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1. Yusuph Olaniyonu
Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Senate President

2. Turaki Hassan
Special Adviser (Media and Public Affairs) to Speaker, House of Representatives

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”We have uncovered fresh plots by APC to arrest Saraki, Ekweremadu” – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has uncovered fresh plots by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Presidency to use compromised security agencies and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to invite, arrest and detain Senate President Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu. The party made this allegation in a statement released by its spokespernson, Kola Ologbondiyan.

 

The party in the statement, says it has also unraveled fresh facts confirming that the pressure by the Presidency for the reconvening of the Senate is out of a sinister motive and not for any emergency in the approval of the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 election.

The fresh plot to detain the two presiding officers is part of renewed design to keep them out of circulation, ahead of Senate resumption, so as to enable the heavily induced APC senators, who are now in the minority, to throw up two of their members as Senate President and Deputy Senate President respectively on the excuse that Saraki and Ekweremadu failed to show up for proceedings in the Senate.

 

The party said that the new plot to cage Saraki and Ekweremadu, in devilish rehash of the Tuesday July 24, 2018 hostage-taking and invasion of their official residences by security agencies is coming after the August 7, 2018 failed attempt to use security forces to take control of the leadership of the Senate.

 

Apart from plots to arrest and detain Saraki and Ekweremadu, the PDP in its statement, says it has also been made aware of plans to use the EFCC and security forces to clamp down on their family members, including their wives and siblings as well as close associate, all in the effort to weaken their resolve.

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Moreover, investigations by the PDP further confirm that the insistence of the APC-led Federal Government on the emergency reconvening of the National Assembly, ostensibly to consider INEC’s budget for the 2019 election, is part of APC’s thicker plot to execute their premeditated ‘coup’ on the leadership of the Senate.

PDP was further informed that contrary to claims by the APC and the Presidency, INEC actually submitted the budget to the presidency since February 2018, only for the Presidency to submit it to the National Assembly in July when the legislature was already going on recess; with a view to enmesh it in a needless controversy.

Furthermore, the PDP counsels Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to stop acting saint, as Nigerians are aware that he is part and parcel of the actors behind the sordid developments playing out in the National Assembly.

The PDP invites Nigerians and the international community to note the activities of the APC and the Buhari Presidency, which have continued to put the unity and stability of our nation as well as our hard-earned democracy under serious stress.

In all, the PDP cautions the APC and power mongers at the Presidency to know that Nigerians have seen through their evil intentions and will continue to firmly resist them by standing for democracy and the unity of our nation at all times.” the statement read

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