The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has confirmed that he will appear before the ad hoc committee set up by the Senate to probe the allegations and counter-allegations between him and the lawmaker representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isa Misau.
Although he described the issues as legal, Idris said he would appear before the panel as a mark of respect for the Senate.
The committee had on Thursday reported the police boss to the Senate over his non-appearance.
Idris on Wednesday failed to appear before the committee but wrote through his lawyer, Alex Iziyon (SAN), to inform the panel that his appearance would be sub judice as there were pending cases in court on the matter.
But he told State House correspondents on Friday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari that he was consulting with his legal team on the matter.
“These are legal issues. We are discussing with our legal team. Obviously, if there is a need, we are going to appear for the sake of having respect for the Senate. I will appear before them,” he said.
The police boss said he was at the Presidential Villa to brief Buhari on security challenges in the country and how he was tackling them.
He said the discussion centered on the forthcoming election in Anambra State and cases of kidnapping being experienced in parts of the country.
On Anambra State governorship election, Idris said about 21,000 policemen would be mobilised, while boats and helicopters would also be used.
He said, “We are deploying a lot of police officers, almost about 21,000 police officers, to be able to provide adequate security in the Anambra election.
“We are deploying our boats to take care of the waterways; we are deploying our helicopters to take care of the aerial surveillance and we are deploying our conventional policemen and special police units to take care of situations on the ground.
“By the grace of God, we are going to have a successful and peaceful election in Anambra State.”
Idris said his men were on top of the situation as far as safety on the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway was concerned.
He said special units were deployed, resulting in the arrest of at least 3,000 suspects being held in various police stations.
He said with the death penalty approved for kidnappers by the National Assembly, cases of kidnapping would soon reduce drastically.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper)