Senate berates IGP over failure to meet ultimatum

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Nigeria’s Senate gave two weeks ultimatum to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris to arrest and begin trial of those behind the Benue killings. Now, the deadline has expired and the Senate is fuming.

Moving the motion on the floor of the Senate, Joshua Lidani, representing Gombe south, reminded the Senators of its January 8 resolution as part of recommendations made by the ad hoc committee on security after it visited Benue as he argued that the IGP be summoned. 

“This resolution was passed and was transmitted to the IGP but to the best of my knowledge no arrest has been made and no information has been brought to the senate as regards the resolution.

“I, therefore, would like the senate president in line with this resolution to compel IGP to appear before the senate to explain why he has not complied with the resolution of the senate.”

On his part, Senate President Bukola Saraki said security agencies should take ultimatums given to them seriously insisting that the upper legislative chamber would ensure that those behind the killings are made to account for their actions.

“I think the senate committees on police and intelligence should summon the IG to come before you by tomorrow to make an explanation on where we are on this two-week ultimatum. These two committees should report to us by Tuesday on where we are.

“We must make it clear to the security agencies that ultimatums cannot be taken lightly. If by Tuesday we are not happy with their report, we can take a decision to summon the IG.

“If they think we are just going to sweep this thing under the carpet the answer is definitely ‘no.’ We are not going to stop until people are made accounted – like the president said in his letter he has told the IG to ensure speedy prosecution and we are not seeing that. The IG knows that he needs to take this seriously.”