Friday, 27 April 2018

Senate Frowns At IGP’s Action over Invites As It Resolves Joint Session of National Assembly over President Buhari’s Invitation




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The Senate yesterday frowns at the Action of the Inspector General of police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris for refusing to show up  after inviting him for questioning on the imbroglio involving senator Dino Milaye where it was said the latter sent in a representative in  person of  a Deputy Inspector General of police (DIG) as a result of his inability to show up, due to President Buhari’s visits to Bauchi state.


 Taking exceptions for his absence, the Senate, however, requests his re-appearance next week Wednesday, while its also resolved joint session of National Assembly over President Buhari’s invitation
Recall the lower chamber,  last week, in its plenary, resolve to invite president Buhari over lingering security issues in the country among other related developments
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki noted that IGP’s decision to send a representative was not good enough.
Deputy Senate leader, Bala Na’Allah, informed his colleagues that the IGP accompanied President Buhari on a state visit to Bauchi, hence his failure to show up.
Besides, some lawmakers canvassed for the declaration of a state of emergency in all the troubled states across the country.
These resolutions followed an adopted motion titled, “Continued Killings in Benue State” sponsored by Senator George Akume, representing Benue North-West senatorial district.
Akume noted that the tragedy started in 2011 and have continued unabated. He said the killings, maiming and wanton destruction of lives and property in the state were particularly happening in his senatorial district covering local council areas of Logo, Kwande, Agatu and Okpokwu and that the number of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), is increasing.
Akume pointed out that despite the military presence through its exercise code-named Ayem A’Kpatuma, otherwise called cat race to curb these killings and destruction in Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba and Kogi states, the extra-judicial killings, hitherto, has remained unabated even happening almost on daily basis.
He also affirmed that the worsening insecurity situation culminated in the Tuesday, April 24 killing of two clergymen, Reverend fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha including Catechist John Ibor and 17 others at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Ayar town of the Gwer east council area of the state.

But presiding Senate President, Bukola Saraki before hitting the gavel in approval of the resolutions said, “We all know the dimension insecurity has taken. It could lead to a serious crisis in this country. And it means that we need a drastic action. We can’t continue to say we are leaders, this is a failure and, there is no doubt about It.”

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