- The IGP has been scheduled to appear before the Senate on Wednesday, May 2
- The police boss had been summoned to give his report on the arrest, detention and hospitalisation of Senator Dino Melaye
- Also, the upper chamber has resolved to present its resolve on deliberations to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari
Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police, is expected to appear before the Senate on Wednesday, May 2. The IGP will be asked question bothering on the arrest, detention and hospitalisation of Senator Dino Melaye.
The Senate had summoned the police boss to brief the house on Melaye’s case and the killings by armed herdsmen and militias throughout the country, the Punch reports.
Idris however shunned the invitation, choosing to accompany President Muhammadu Buhari who was on a two-day visit to Bauchi instead.
Meanwhile, the Senate committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters is scheduled to present its report on Wednesday, May 2 President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of the payment of $496m out of the Excess Crude Account (ECA) for the purchase of military aircraft supposedly be delivered in 2020.
The Senate had on Thursday resolved to refer the matter to the committee for legal advice, when lawmakers became divided on it. The panel was given the mandate to investigate the circumstances surrounding the arms deal and whether the President violated the constitution or not.
Most members of the Senate remarked that the withdrawal and spending of President Muhammadu Buhari from the ECA is a breach of section 80 of the 1999 constitution.
The chairman of the committee on public accounts, Senator Matthew Uroghide, had specifically urged the head of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, to allow the chamber to use section 143 of the 1999 constitution against the president.
Uroghide remarked: “There are serious consequences for the violation of our constitution. As a consequence, the only thing that we can draw from on this is that we call on you (Saraki) to invoke Section 143 of the 1999 Constitution. What it means is that this matter does not need to be investigated; it is clear that this offence has been committed by Mr. President.
“I want the Senate to resolve that what the President has done is procedurally wrong and it is a violation of our constitution. It must be condemned and, of course, the consequences that are contained in the constitution – in Section 143 – should be invoked.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that some Nigerian senators had on Thursday, April 26, called for the impeachment of the president owing to the ECA and aircraft development.
Legit.ng gathered that Uroghide representing Edo state, moved the motion, claiming that the president's move was a violation of the constitution and thus, he should face the consequences.
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