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.