Nigeria’s Police boss Mr Ibrahim Idris, has resorted to legal remedy to a Federal High Court in Abuja to quash the May 9, 2018 resolution of the Senate declaring him “an enemy of democracy and unfit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria.”
The appex body of Nigeria’s law making arm of Government had declared the Inspector General Of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris and enemy of Democracy and unfit to hold public office within and outside Nigeria after the police boss snug the law makers summons to answer to the state of insecurity in the country and the circumstances surrounding Senator Dino Malaye’s arrest.
In an affidavit which he filed in support of his application seeking the court’s permission to file a substantive suit to challenge the resolution, Idris said the conduct of both the Senate and its President, Dr Bukola Saraki, in the proceedings leading to what he described as their “legislative judgment” was borne out of hatred and “undisguised contempt” they have for him.
Lawyer to the Police Boss, Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), appearing before Justice John Tsoho on Thursday, moved the ex parte application which sought leave to file a suit for “a judicial review” of the actions of the Senate and its President leading to the resolution passed by the Red Chamber on May 9, 2018.
The presiding Judge, Justice Tsoho granted the IGP’s ex parte application after carefully reviewing the processes and the exhibits filed.
“I am convinced that the applicant has shown sufficient interest in the issues raised,”.
“Leave is hereby granted as prayed,” the judge ordered, adding that the order “shall be served on the respondents, through the Clerk of the National Assembly.”
The judge added that “such service shall be deemed proper and valid service.”
Justice Tsoho adjourned the case till June 27.
This will be the second legal battle Idris will be having with the Senate having earlier filed a suit before the same court asking for an order stopping the Senate’s insistence that he must appear in person for its legislative sitting in respect of criminal charges filed against a serving senator, Dino Melaye, and other killings around the country.
The relationship between the Senate and Police boss has been frosty after the Senate summoned him three times to appear before it in respect of killings amd insecurity plaguing Nigeria. The IG failed to appear on all three summons.
Things took down turn further when the police linked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to the Offa Bank robbery where scores of people were killed including nine police officers and pregnant women. Saraki has denied any involvement with sources claiming the police has whittled down its earlier stance on Saraki’s direct involvement.
The Senate has had a running battle with President Buhari’s administration and some agencies under the Executive Arm of Government.
The current Acting Head of The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had failed Senate screening twice but the President has insisted on keeping him as Acting Head of the Commission.
Nigeria’s Customs Service boss, a retired Colonel has refused to appear before the Senate in his Customs uniform till date.