IGP Idris appears before the Senate, kicks against Senate confirmation


Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday disagreed with the plan of the Senate to adopt a Bill to make it mandatory for the Red Chamber to screen and confirm the appointment of prospective IGP.

The police boss also kicked against sections of the proposed Bill which empower the Senate to remove the IGP from office whenever the upper chamber considered it necessary.

Idris was emphatic that the Police Act must not be amended in such a way to politicize the Nigeria Police Force.

He spoke at a public hearing on “A Bill for an Act to repeal the Police Act CAP P19 Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and enact the Police Act, 2018” organized by the Senate Committee on Police Affairs.

The appearance of Idris on Wednesday at the committee’s sitting was the first time the police boss honoured Senate invitation since his refusal to appear to answer questions over the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye in April this year.

On the pruning down the number of DIGs from seven to one, Idris said that there was no doubt that such amendment would increase the work load of the IGP.