- The PFN says the refusal of IGP Idris to appear before the Senate is disrespect for the representatives of the people
- Bishop Simeon Okah criticises the Idris for reportedly saying he owed nobody any apology
Okah laments the way arms and ammunition find their ways into the hands of unauthorised people in the country
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Monday, May 14, said the refusal of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to appear before the Senate is a kind of disrespect for the representatives of the people of Nigeria.
The PFN said Idris should have appeared before the Senate to inform the lawmakers about what he is doing over the insecurity in the country.
This Day reports that the national vice-chairman (south-south) of the PFN, Bishop Simeon Okah, issued a statement in Warri, Delta state, expressing disappointment in the alleged attitude of the police chief.
“It does not portray the police as a democratic, people-friendly institution.
“To say he owes no one apology for his actions means the IG is saying he is above the people and he is not accountable to the Nigerian people, whose taxes are used to pay his salary.
“A people-friendly, democracy-conscious IG will appear before the representatives of the people, after all nobody will flog him there.
“Let me conclude this point by stating that the way and manner at which arms and ammunition are in the possession of people with questionable characters and failure of the security agencies to track the sources and halt the flow of arms have put the nation in serious jeopardy and could threaten its existence, if nothing is done speedily,” he said.
He also reportedly lamented the daily waste of lives and property across the country, especially the ongoing wave in the central states of the country.
He advised security chiefs to heed summons to them by the Senate to provide insight into the crisis and also avail Nigerians information about their efforts to end the carnage.
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“The summon of the security chiefs by the Senate will provide Nigerians the opportunity to hear them out on what they are doing and if any need be offer well-meaning Nigerians a chance to assess and nake useful inputs. I will therefore call on security chiefs and the National Security Adviser (NSA) to honour the Senate’s summon, in the interest of Nigerians,” he said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Ibrahim Idris responded to the Senate for describing him as an enemy of democracy after he failed to appear before it.
Idris in a statement via police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, on Wednesday, May 9, accused the Senate of trying to blackmail him.
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