IBB Terrorises Buhari As Saraki Transmits I-G

By Tunde Odesola

You can call me a fool for all you care, I won’t bat an eyelid. I have the right to be foolish, anyway. But move away from my arm’s length if you call me stupid, for stupidity is mental retardation simplified. Foolishness is a choice. Stupidity is not, it’s endowed. It’s wired to the DNA. As adjectives, ‘foolish’ is lacking a good sense or judgment but ‘stupid’ is lacking in intelligence or the inability to think. Stupidity is the crown on an empty skull. Foolishness is the obstinacy that dares the lamb to look at the tiger in the eyes. With a little more caution, the lamb could, by keeping silent in hiding, escape a bloody journey into the belly of the black-striped, gold-furred tiger with flaming eyes, stalking the jungle.

Then Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari blazed into power in the very last minute of 1983. His coup was a welcome blow that broke the spine of the inept and corrupt Shehu Shagari administration which was more popular for wearing long caps on idle heads than arresting the debilitating inflation crippling the economy. Fire bellowed down the nostrils of the Buhari tiger, clawing, tearing and mauling perceived impediments to national greatness. Everybody feared the tiger until a certain lamb from the largest state in the country, Niger, came to tame it two years after. This Niger lamb was beautiful and pleasing to the eyes, its baaing was melodious to the ears; everybody who feared the tiger loved the iamb of the lamb. The furry lamb was a paradox that unnerved and reassured simultaneously. Not very long after being crowned king, however, the corrupt-wind of genetic mutation blew the way of the lamb, which sloughed its fur for scales and metamorphosed into a snake. The lamb’s harmless mouth turned into striking serpentine jaws of poison, savagery replaced genteelness, and evil stalked the land unstoppably. Sometime in the August of 1985, the snake chased out the tiger from the lair, taking over the kingdom.

I’ve never set my eyes on a scrotal sac with one ball. But I’ve often heard the Yoruba describe any man wailing meaninglessly as having only one ball in his sac. What’s the link between wailing and one scrotal ball? Does wailing complement a missing ball? Does wailing alleviate the pains or absence of a missing ball? With the way Nigerians wail meaninglessly on social media, compulsory medical check on scrotal sacs across the country won’t be a bad idea. However, it’s not only Nigerian proletariats that wail, Nigerian leaders wail, too. Last week, former man of steel, President Buhari, lamented in Abuja during the inauguration of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s headquarters in Abuja. He said he was ousted in 1985 and detained for three years by Brig Gen Ibrahim Babangida because he (Buhari) was fighting corruption as of the time. The President said, “I was removed as the head of state, detained for three years and people whom we recovered stolen money from were given back their money and I remained in detention up until my mother had to die to save me from detention.”

Mr President, you’re free to think Nigerians are fools, but don’t you think we are stupid. In our foolishness, we can clearly see the lie in your statement that your mother waited three years to save you from detention. Why would a mother wait for 1, 095 days to save her son? What if death had knocked on your soul before her intervention? Oh, your media aides would say, “The President was speaking figuratively.” Yes, he was speaking politically, too. When a figure of speech borders on representing an idea better or worse than it really is, it is called an exaggeration. So, is the President blowing issues out of proportion in order to gain political sympathy? The President said he was toppled 33 years ago because of corruption and that the money he retrieved from corrupt politicians were returned to them, right? And Babangida, who toppled him, is still alive. Please, where should the anti-corruption war of Buhari begin from, if it is only to set the records straight and debunk the claims that his military administration was vindictive? So, Buhari knows some individuals with stolen public wealth, and he keeps quiet and feels comfy about it? What manner of leader is he? A weakling? There, surely, exists a difference between foolishness and stupidity.

Foolishness and stupidly rule the Nigerian online political space where innumerable people talk inanities all at once. Some talk and say nothing. Some applaud roguish politicians defecating on our collective sensibilities. In Animal Farm, George Orwell depicts the proletariats as stupid. Are Nigerian proletariats better? Foolishness and stupidity went round the bend last week as another President, Bukola Saraki, tackled the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. Saraki, the President of the Nigerian Senate, last Wednesday, accused the IGP of planning to implicate him in the trial of some suspected hired killers arrested in Kwara State. Hitherto, there was no love lost between Saraki’s flimsy Senate and the unmeet police boss as Saraki and his gang of senators had repeatedly invited Idris to appear before the Red Chamber futilely. If the Senate was planning not to pass the budget of the police – in retaliation of the I-G’s scorn, a quick rethink wasn’t unlikely as Idris wouldn’t think twice before withdrawing police orderlies from our self-serving senators. Who wan die? Not these senators gulping billions of naira in taxpayers’ funds monthly with nothing to show for it.

In the heat of the back-and-forth kafuffle between the senate and the I-G, a video clip went viral. In the video, Idris, who was reading an address at a public function, was portrayed as being unable to coherently read his address, needlessly repeating the word ‘transmission’. A man in a dark suit and blue shirt stepped in to help with the speech which being ruffled by the wind while Idris bungled on. A closer look at the video, however, shows that Idris’ lips and the audio don’t sync. The IG, though a lawyer, doesn’t possess the gift of the garb. He speechifies the English Language in a laborious way. With its back pinned against the wall, the police force released its version of the video showing the IGP reading an error-free address. The two versions were from the same Kano event, but the part wherein the man in suit stepped in to offer a helping hand was excised from the version released by the police – suggesting that Idris truly made a couple of mispronunciations while delivering his speech. His traducers, however, fanned the embers of the innocuous error into a horrible conflagration by manipulating the audio to make the I-G sound as repeating himself. The Presidency later joined in the fray by describing the video as doctored. I’m not a fan of the IGP as I consider many of his actions unbecoming since he was appointed by Buhari on March 21, 2016. But a fool worth his salt would see through the deft doctoring of the video. That a lot of Nigerians believe that the IG could, in a two-minute, 18-second video, publicly repeat ‘transmission’ 13 times, and ‘I mean’ six times, shows why the political class continues to manipulate us with the stupidest of ploys. A bosom friend, Shola Ogunjimi, however, has a different opinion. He said Nigerians knew that the video was doctored, but that they believed it because of the brainlessness that attended some of Idris’ past actions. A former Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State Council, Prince Ayoade Adedayo, who felt no pity for Idris, believes there is more to the video than what the police are claiming.

I ask, why is Idris suddenly being portrayed as deficient in speech and reading now that some powerful people are being linked to some suspected hired killers? Why?

Trending Video Of Ibrahim Idris Was Doctored- Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Senior Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora & Foreign Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, says the trending video of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was doctored by mischievous persons.

The embarrassing video came online yesterday showing the IG struggling to read his statement. Dabiri made her thoughts known on her twitter page in response to a user who had hinted that Idris might be dyslexic.


Again, Saraki Summons IG, Others Over Abductions

Senate President, Bukola Saraki has once again summoned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, alongside the Department of State Service and the Army to appear before the Senate to explain the reasons behind recent abductions in the country.

Saraki on his Twitter handle on Wednesday noted that another 87 persons have been abducted off the “nation’s highways.”

He added that the trend cannot be allowed to continue and therefore urged the security outfits to appear before the Senate.

Bukola Saraki

Another 87 people abducted off our nation’s highways. We cannot continue like this! We have once again requested the presence of the IGP, together with the SSS and the Army to explain to us, your representatives, why this continues to happen.


Saraki, IGP Fight Dirty Over Arrested Killer-Cult Suspects And Other Headlines Today

It seems the ongoing war between the Senate and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris over the arrest, detention and prosecution of Senator Dino Melaye is taking another twist. Yesterday, the situation deteriorated with the duo throwing jibes at each other.

Papers like NEW TELEGRAPH, The NATION, VANGUARD, DAILY SUN and NIGERIAN TRIBUNE took the story as their frontpage headlines with different captions. As reported, The Senate President, Bukola Saraki accused Idris of plotting to frame him up to “settle scores.”

The police rejected the claim, vowing that it would not allow anybody to obstruct the course of justice. Saraki says “This plot is part of the strategy by the IGP Idris to settle scores over the declaration by this honourable chamber that he is not qualified and competent to hold any public office.

On his part, the police boss retorted by saying “The statement by the Senate President could dissuade and discourage living victims/deceaded families of those who must have been killed…from coming forward to give evidence against them.

In other news, THE PUNCH leads with the story I didn’t beg to be VP, I can leave at short notice – Osinbajo. The Vice President was reported to have during the question and answer session posed by Christian leaders at the stakeholders’ meeting at the Benue State Government House, Makurdi on Tuesday night, Osinbajo said “Let me assure you that under no circumstances, none whatsoever, will I give up my faith or refuse to stand up for my faith.”

He was responding to allegations by Christian Leaders for not exonerating himself in the claim that the killing of Christians across the country did not even move the Vice President to condemning it.

In other headlines, The GUARDIAN says Power, Works, Housing Get Lion Share in 2018 Budget as National Assembly Approves N9.120 trillion; DAILY INDEPENDENT – 2018 Budget Raise To N9.12trn Not Done Unilaterally – NASS; BUSINESS DAY – Devaluation Takes  Toll As Nigerian Banks Absent From S&P Top 30 with South Africa, Egypt Banks Dominate In Africa.

Saraki Accuses IG Of Planning To Implicate Him

The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has accused the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, of plotting to implicate him in criminal activities.

Speaking at plenary Wednesday, Saraki said he was informed by the Kwara State Governor, Mr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, that the IG directed that some cultists, who were arrested in the state, be transferred to Abuja.
“The plot is to get them to alter their statements already taken in Kwara State. They would then be made to implicate the Kwara State Government and myself in their new statement,” Saraki said.

The matter is currently being discussed at the Senate.

Senate Vs. IGP, By Dele Agekameh

A tug of war currently ensues between two disreputable ‘opponents’ on the national stage. On one end is the Senate, puffed by ego and shameless self-importance, and on the other end is the incompetent head of an under-performing police force haunted by the shadows of his many misadventures. The bone of contention is something as trifling as an invitation, a mere formality in today’s government. The casualties of this clash of egos have been the rule of law and simple logic, but there’s no telling what more may fall in this absurd wrangling.

Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), had earlier generated controversy late in 2017 when he reluctantly appeared before the Senate with his lawyer and a written statement, refusing to speak with the senators on that occasion. This time, he has sent a deputy and the Senate is not buying it. Even with all the cries within the Senate about the IGP’s flouting of the rule of law that has now led to him being labelled an “enemy of democracy”, the upper legislative house continues to expose the limits of its powers, thereby showcasing a characteristic lack of understanding of its own functions.

In the purely legal consideration of this issue, a key provision of the federal Constitution is vital. Section 88(1) of the Constitution grants both legislative houses the power to direct investigation into “(a) any matter or thing with respect to which it has power to make laws, and (b) the conduct of affairs of any person, authority, ministry or government department charged, or intended to be charged, with the duty of or responsibility for – (i) executing or administering laws enacted by the National Assembly, and (ii) disbursing or administering monies appropriated or to be appropriated by the National Assembly”.

A lone reading of this provision would give legitimacy to the decision of the Senate to issue indiscriminate invitations to any member or part of the government or civil service without qualification, so far as some Act of the National Assembly covers the duties and functions of that person or department. However, as is common with laws, there is an important caveat inputted in the Constitution which serves as a qualification of what would have ordinarily stood as wide powers of summons and investigation that the Senate now claims to have.

Section 88 (2) of the Constitution provides that the National Assembly’s powers under Section 88(1) are exercisable only for the purpose of enabling it to “(a) make laws with respect to any matter within its legislative competence and correct any defects in existing laws; and (b) expose corruption, inefficiency or waste in the execution or administration of laws within its legislative competence and in the disbursement and administration of funds appropriated by it”.

As far as is evident in this case, the lawmakers are interested in general queries about the security situation in the country and a very specific enquiry about a judicial matter concerning the prosecution of Mr. Melaye, a member of the house, which is beyond the purview of their powers and adds or removes nothing to any extant laws made by the National Assembly.

A joint reading of the two provisions provides clearer insight into the intention of the draftsmen of the Constitution. Section 88(2) effectively ties the National Assembly’s power of summons and investigation to matters relating to the creation, amendment or administration of laws, which is the primary objective of the legislative houses. No part of the provisions permits the National Assembly to roam from its primary duty. It stands to reason then that in extending an invitation to any person based on constitutionally provided power, as has been reproduced here, the lawmakers ought to properly tie that invitation to specific laws whose mal-administration or inadequacies have occasioned such an invitation. As far as is evident in this case, the lawmakers are interested in general queries about the security situation in the country and a very specific enquiry about a judicial matter concerning the prosecution of Mr. Melaye, a member of the house, which is beyond the purview of their powers and adds or removes nothing to any extant laws made by the National Assembly.

In the widest consideration of the power of the Senate to summon the IGP in this case, Section 88 (2) (b) may be argued as providing enough ground to summon the IGP, particularly to expose “inefficiency” in police duties across the country. However, this would be likened to a performance review by the Senate of an appointee of the president. In the most robust political systems, this will not be unheard of, especially when there are present problems facing the country. The problem here is that, an invitation coming after a somewhat vindictive arrest of one of the senators already suggests suspicious motives.

The fact that the IGP needs a performance appraisal and needs to answer queries about his handling of the police force since he took control is immutable. His watch has been spotted with incompetence and a similar lack of understanding of his role. The police force has made little to no input in fighting the myriad security concerns currently facing the country, choosing instead to dabble in local politics and pacifying its puppeteers. The IGP’s ego has increased too, in all the time he has been able to keep his job while delivering little – he has threatened to withdraw police protection of lawmakers and other VIPs in the past, no doubt for a selfish end.

In any case, the controversy about the IGP’s invitation by the Senate underscores the politics of ignorance and ego that has plagued the country in all these years. If government functionaries cannot separate matters of pure politics from logical and effective governance, then we are bound to go around in circles for the foreseeable future.

The police force is in serious need of reform or at least a shakedown of leadership, but the Senate is not exerting pressure where it ought to be exerted. The president alone has the power of removal of the IGP and this includes the power to launch any serious query of the IGP.

On the one hand, the Senate could have received the IGP’s representative if their true motive was to gather information about the security situation in the country. On the other hand, the IGP need not have been so dismissive of the Senate invitation, if for nothing else, but to show respect for the Nigerian people and his duty to them. That we have to witness this back and forth by the Senate and the IGP while the country is burning is unacceptable. The IGP clearly is in the wrong job, but sadly, the members of the Senate may be too.

Right now, there is no right side in the ensuing duel. Both parties are wrong in their decision-making on this issue, and they have been wrong about a great number of things even before this present drama. What is more, the only authority that may perhaps have the power to end the useless debacle and restore some sanity has been characteristically silent. Such silence emboldens the likes of IGP Idris in their wrongdoing and almost legitimises every misstep made.

The police force is in serious need of reform or at least a shakedown of leadership, but the Senate is not exerting pressure where it ought to be exerted. The president alone has the power of removal of the IGP and this includes the power to launch any serious query of the IGP. The senators ought instead to contemplate laws that will make it easier to exert this pressure rather than chasing shadows by inviting every government appointee that crosses them the wrong way. The poor politics of the National Assembly members has led to continued humiliation of the house through the continuance of people like Ibrahim Magu in their positions. It appears that the lawmakers are yet to learn any lessons from past occurrences.

For lawmakers, Nigeria’s legislators are very ignorant of the law and its purposes. Perhaps the people should think of electing more legally astute lawmakers and less of career politicians, whose self-interest is their major driving force. The Senate is presently populated by ex-governors and indeed is headed by one. This may be why the Senate tends to step out of its core function of law-making. As for the IGP, his lack of respect for his duty as the top police officer in the country may best be handled by relieving him of the burden of that duty. Either ways, there is food for thought for the president and the electorate in the ensuing drama

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IGP Implores Nigerians to Support Fight Against Corruption

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has implored Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption to put the country back on the path of greatness.

Idris made this call at the customary dinner organised for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Detective Superintendent Course (7) 2017/2018 at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.

He said the feat achieved by the EFCC with the recovery of looted funds under the leadership of the Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, could not have been possible without the support of Mr. President.

“Without the support and prompting of Mr. President, the achievement made by the commission would not have been possible.

“Mr president has zero tolerance for corruption and I urge all Nigerians to support him to carry the fight to its logical conclusion,” Idris added.

The IGP, while congratulating the 314 cadets who successfully completed the 13 months training course, charged them to exercise high sense of professionalism and courage in carrying out the task ahead.

“You have been called upon to join the anti-corruption crusade of the President, Commander -in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; as such, you must be professional, committed and courageous in the fight.

“This is the only way you can guarantee your service in the commission,” he said.

He warned them against temptations in the course of their job, urging them not to pervert the course of justice for monetary and material rewards.

“I advise you to be above board and resist all the temptations.

“You must be contented with your salary and allowances and know that being an officer of the EFCC does not make you immune to arrest and prosecution if found wanting,” Idris said.

He said that the Police would continue to partner with the commission to ensure that all those who looted the treasury and diverted funds that would have been used to develop the economy were arrested and prosecuted.


IGP Reveals Why He Snubbed Senate Invite

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has disclosed that it will be undemocratic and against Senate Order 53 Rule 5 for him to appear before the Senate.

The IGP, in a letter signed by Commissioner of Police, Legal/Prosecution, David Igbodo, said he did not appear before the Senate on Wednesday due to pending cases he and Senator Dino Melaye filed before the courts.

In the letter addressed to the President of the Senate, Idris said he has high regards and respect for the National Assembly and would not do anything to derogate their powers of oversight as recognised by the Constitution or slight them in any manner.

He however said he had approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to decide whether the IGP must always appear in person each time he was invited to appear before the National Assembly despite his powers of delegation on official matters involving the police force.

He said Senator Dino Melaye has also approached the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) seeking ten reliefs challenging the action of the inspector general of police and the Nigerian Immigration Service.

“It is the belief of the Inspector General of Police that since the matter is now before a court of competent jurisdiction at both his and Senator Dino Melaye instance, the matter has become subjudicated and the court should be allowed to determine the matter,” the letter read.

“The Inspector General of Police has on the basis above directed me to inform you that he will not be available to appear before the Senate on the 9th May 2018 or any other date pending the conclusion of the cases already pending in the courts,” CP Igbodo said.

He said on 26 April when he was invited to brief the Senate, he was on official assignment with President Muhammadu Buhari to Bauchi, while on the 2nd May, the date for his second invitation, he was in Birnin-Gwari Area of Kaduna with the General Officer Commanding, One Division, Nigeria Army Kaduna.



Senate Can’t Summon IG, Says Falana

Mr Femi Falana (SAN) has said the Senate got it wrong when it asked the President, or the Inspector General of Police to appear before it.

He said this when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, on Thursday.

Falana quoted sections of the Constitution to explain that the President or the governor of a state cannot be summoned by the National Assembly.

He said, “There is no such power given to NASS by the Constitution to summon everybody.

“It has given the President the discretion to address the National Assembly either jointly or separately on any matter of national importance.”

“The Senate didn’t get it right this time around. By virtue of Section 67 of the Constitution, the National Assembly or either chamber can summon a Minister when the affairs of his or her ministries are under consideration.

“The only other occasion where a public officer can be summoned by the National Assembly is when proceedings are ongoing to expose corruption (Section 88) and when a law is being debated either with a view to amending it or to have a new law entirely.”

However, the senior advocate stated that the lawmakers can fix areas of the Constitution perceived as weak, rather than going beyond its limits as such actions can subject the institution to ridicule.

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You Are An Enemy Of Democracy – Senate Tells IGP

The Nigerian Senate has declared Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, an ‘enemy of democracy,’ who is not fit to hold public office in Nigeria and abroad.

The decision of the Senate was announced by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, after a closed-door session on Wednesday.

The Senate had entered the closed-door session following Mr Idris’ refusal to honour an invitation to appear before the Senate a third time.

The closed session which started in at 12:24 p.m. lasted for about 50 minutes.

On return to plenary, Mr Saraki announced the decision of his colleagues.

“The Senate in a closed session deliberated on the non-appearance of the IGP to the senate to the plenary after a series of invitation. The Senate noted that this has been a gross disrespect to our constituted authority and to also know that his earlier refusal to appear before investigative committee was overruled by competent court of jurisdiction just in April this year.

“The Senate therefore views this persistent refusal is a great danger to our democracy and hence the Senate resolved to declare IGP as an enemy of democracy and not fit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria. The leader of the Senate would also mandate to look into the matter for further necessary action,” Mr Saraki said.

Mr Idris was summoned by the Senate to answer questions on the arrest of a lawmaker, Dino Melaye, and killings across the country.

Police IG Idris Snubs Senate The Third Time

For the third time, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has failed to honour an invitation to appear before the Senate.
Mr Idris has ignored the Senate for three weeks.

He was expected to answer questions on the arrest of a lawmaker, Dino Melaye, and killings across the country.

The police boss was first summoned on April 25 but he failed to appear.

On the day he was expected, the chairman of senate committee on police affairs, Abu Ibrahim, informed the lawmakers that the IGP had accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari to Bauchi.

The Senate re-summoned Mr Idris after it refused to allow the deputy Inspector-General of Operations to represent him.

The lawmakers summoned Mr Idris to appear on May 2 by 11 a.m. Again, he did not show up.

Mr Ibrahim said last week he had not been able to reach Mr Idris for a while.

He said he later found out the police chief had travelled to Kaduna instead of honouring the Senate’s invitation.

The Senate issued a third summons following a suggestion by the senate president, Bukola Saraki.

Mr Idris was asked to attend the senate plenary today, May 9.

But when it was time for the IGP to be ushered in to the senate chamber, the lawmakers realised Mr Idris was not available.

Mr Saraki announced his non-appearance after some minutes of wait to allow him into the chamber.

“I’ve just been informed that the IG or any member of his team are not here,” he said.

The lawmakers are currently deliberating on next line of action.