The Police IG, Ibrahim Idris, asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to establish as unconstitutional, the Senate’s continual summon of his person before the legislature.
He stated that his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/457/2018 and filed on April 30, 2018, which warrant his personal appearance before the Senate was unnecessary because the issues for which he was invited were not personal.
Alex Izinyon (SAN) lawyer to the IGP, who filed the suit on his behalf, joined the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as defendants in his suit.
The IGP, on April 26, refused to appear before the Senate but delegated the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations) and Commissioner of Police, Kogi State to represent him at the Senate. But the Senate decline audience to the two representatives, insisting that the IGP must personally appear for the legislative hearing.
The Senate then rescheduled the meeting for May 2 and again directed that the IGP must honour its invitation in person. The IGP, in a supporting affidavit accompanying his suit, said his action of delegating his subordinates to appear before the Senate was backed by law.
Quoting the Constitution and Police Act, he had the power to delegate responsibilities, including directing some of his subordinates to represent him wherever he was invited, more so that his choice of the DIG (Operations) and CP, Kogi State was on the basis that they were conversant with the issues for which he was invited.
Both Saraki and the Senate, in a counter-affidavit, accused the IGP of using the court to hid himself from being scrutinized by the legislature. They stated that the IGP’s representatives were denied audience because of “the weighty issues which require clarification as they touched on the very soul of our national existence and in order to ensure fruitful and meaningful deliberations.”
They prayed the court to reject the plaintiff’s prayers and dismiss the suit. Justice John Tsoho on Thursday adjourned till June 29 for the hearing of the suit.
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