Why IG was represented at Senate - Police
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.”