Why IG was rep­re­sented at Se­nate - Po­lice

Weekly Trust - - News - Ron­ald Mu­tum

The Nige­ria Po­lice Force on Fri­day said it was Con­sti­tu­tional for the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP) Ibrahim Idris to send a rep­re­sen­ta­tive af­ter be­ing sum­moned by the Se­nate. A state­ment by Po­lice spokesman ACP Ji­moh Mos­hood said the func­tions, du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the IGP as listed in Sec­tion 215 of the Con­sti­tu­tion of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Nige­ria can also be car­ried out as men­tioned in sec­tion 312 (1) of the Po­lice Act and Reg­u­la­tion by a se­nior of­fi­cer of the Force of the Rank of Deputy In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice and As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice who if per­mit­ted by the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice to act on his be­half or rep­re­sent him in of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity.

Mos­hood said 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, in re­spect of the felo­nious of­fenses for which Sen. Dino Me­laye was taken into Po­lice cus­tody, in­ves­ti­gated and is to be ar­raigned.

Mos­hood ex­plained: “The NPF 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 per­son­al­ize or triv­i­al­ize the crim­i­nal of­fenses (Crim­i­nal Con­spir­acy and Un­law­ful Pos­ses­sion of Pro­hib­ited Firearms and other sundry of­fenses) in­dict­ing Sen. Dino Me­laye from con­fes­sions of two sus­pected kid­nap­pers and armed rob­bers, but should al­low the rule of law and jus­tice to pre­vail.”

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