‘IGP Idris Arrested Melaye To Impress Buhari, Get Tenure Extension’

“The Inspector General of Police, Idris, probably embarked on this latest show of shame, the prolonged unjustifiable siege on Dino Melaye’s residence, just to underscore his partisan loyalty at the twilight of his tenure and impress and remind the President to extend his expired tenure.”

That was the statement made by the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria, NOPRIN which comprises 46 civil society organisations spread across the country.

NOPRIN, in a statement by its National Coordinator of the network, Okechukwu Nwaguma, called for the retirement of the Inspector General of Police, alleging that only sees his job and role as that of protecting the interest of President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All progressives Congress, APC.

The statement read: “Now that the IGP’s tenure has lapsed this January, President Buhari should immediately convene the Police Council to select and nominate for Senate approval- as required by the constitution, a competent and qualified senior officer with requisite professional, leadership and managerial competence and integrity as the new IGP.

“It is bad enough that the President has ignored calls to sack the IGP on account of his incompetence and the serial scandalous allegations hanging on his neck. But it will be a tragedy if the President takes the joke too far by deciding to succumb to partisan pressure to extend the tenure of this same failed IGP after he has served out his lawful term on account of age and/or length of service.

“We witnessed in 2018 the arrest and detention at the Force Headquarters of a Premium Times reporter who was eventually charged to court maliciously and on frivolous charges, for refusing to disclose his source of information.

“We also witnessed in December 2018 the arrest and detention of Mr. Deji Adeyanju, Civil Rights Activist and Social Critic, by the Nigeria Police Force which eventually took him to Kano on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, where he was charged and remanded in prison for an offence he allegedly committed in 2009 which had been decided already by the court which discharged and acquitted him.

“Now, we are witnessing the shameless police siege on Melaye’s residence on the orders of an IGP under whose command the same police has not only exhibited a pathetic lack of capacity to confront criminals but has even suffered enormous casualties in the line of duty. This siege is the culmination of a running battle between the police and Melaye which has a clear political undertone.

“In a civilized, democratic clime, where the rule of law reigns, guides and regulates the conduct of government, the continued show of shame of the unrestrained siege on the residence of Senator Dino Melaye by the police would not be tolerated.

“The further invasion of Melaye’s family life and privacy and the violation of his right to human dignity ought to have embarrassed a responsible government.

“Unfortunately, the Inspector General of Police is emboldened to continue to engage in his serial abuse of power and barefaced partisan displays by the silence of the President who ought to call him to order but has failed to do so.

“The Inspector General of Police, Idris, probably embarked on this latest show of shame, the prolonged unjustifiable siege on Melaye’s residence, just to underscore his partisan loyalty at the twilight of his tenure and impress and remind the President to extend his expired tenure.”

Recall that on Friday, the IGP met with President Buhari and it was learnt that the agenda of the meeting was connected to the elongation of his tenure.

The presidency is however, yet to speak on the issue.

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