Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris is one of the most powerful public office holders in Nigeria right now as preparations for 2019 General Elections are in top gear.
Idris is still lurking horns with the Nigerian Senate, particularly the President of the Upper Legislative Chamber.
But the police boss is taking a complete sweep on the entire National Assembly just as one of the lawmakers, Mr. Emmanuel Bwacha, told his colleagues today how police security detail was withdrawn after he criticised the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
Mr. Bwacha told his distinguished colleagues his own ordeal while contributing to an allegation raised by the Senate President Saraki, that Idris was plotting to frame him.
“I came into this chamber this morning to raise a different matter. When I heard from the President of the senate of this dangerous plot, I was humbled. Virtually every one of us stands the danger of this sort.
“What we should do is to also behave as if we are in the understanding that the resident doesn’t know. Let us also go to him that our democracy is collapsing under your watch.
He narrated how he was abandoned by his security men:
“On Thursday, I was travelling from Abuja to Jos with policemen; I requested legitimately through a route that is notorious for kidnapping and killings. While getting to Jos, the commander of the mobile called them and said, withdraw from him and go to the nearest police station. Leave him alone. I stopped and asked, ‘what is the matter’? My simple crime is that I told the media that it is wrong for the IG not to appear before us.”
How Senator Bwacha escaped
When he’s asked how he managed to escape, Senator Bwacha said he managed to guard himself and drove himself back to Abuja thereafter.
“They told me that they needed to withdraw, that they had the instruction to leave me alone. I stopped there because I was afraid, I decided that let them leave so that they won’t know where I would lodge. So, I left them. They went to the nearest police station, abandoned me there. The next day, I managed to drive back to Abuja in fear.”
Meanwhile, the senate has constituted a nine-man committee to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to look into the allegation by Sarak and his fellow legislators.
The police boss has failed to honor three invitations of the lawmakers. At a time, Mr. Idris sent delegation to the senate, but his delegation was rejected, saying the needed him to personally appear before them.
Mr. Idris had cited a section of the constitution that empowers him to send senior police officers to represent him any of such appearance.
The battle continues.