COURT PROCEEDING HALTS SENATE PROBE OF IGP IDRIS
The ongoing Senate probe into various allegations against the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris was stalled on Wednesday, following the inability of the Police Boss to appear before the committee.
Senator Isah Hamman Misau (Bauchi Central), had accused IGP Idris of unduly promoting officers of the Police Force and also extorting money from Commissioners of Police before posting, as well as extorting money from oil companies and private individuals who enjoy special security services of the Police.
Subsequent on the motion on point of order by Senator Misau, the Senate President Bukola Saraki mandated an adhoc committee under the chairmanship of the Senate Deputy Whip, Francis Alimikhena to probe the Poloce boss.
Having served the IG of Police an invitation letter on 16th October 2017, the, the Police was billed to appear before the committee on Wednesday, 1st November.
Meanwhile, briefing National Reporters on Wednesday, Senator Alimikhena said the committee received a letter from the IGP’s lawyer, Alex Izyon (SAN) on Tuedsay, informing the committee that “it would amount to subjudice if the Inspector General of Police appears before the Senate committee, on the same issue that is before the competent court of law”.
Senator Alimikhena, however, said the IG of police would be invited to appear before the senate on Tuesday, 7th November.
According to him, “part of the reason why we are inviting the IG has to do with the issue of virement of 2016 and 2017 Appropriation Act and the oversight raised by Senator Misau”.
He insisted that IGP Idris must appear before the Senate next week, failure of which he said “section 89(c) of the 1999 constitution would be invoked on him”.
BREAKING: SENATOR GOJE LOSES WIFE
Former Governor of Gombe State and Senator representing Gombe Central, Senator Mohammed Danjuma Goje has lost his dear wife to the cold hands of death.
Hajiya Yelwa Danjuma Goje passed on early hours of Monday at hospital in the United States of America.
She was aged 55.
A statement made available to newsmen by the son, Ahmed Mohammed Goje, on behalf of the family, said, Hajiya Yelwa “is survived by her husband, Senator Goje, six children, ten grandchildren, many relatives, supporters and admirers”.
The statement says, “the date and time of the funeral prayers in Gombe would be announced later”.
Senator Goje, a ranking Senator and two termed Governor of Gombe State, is a Senate Committee Chairman on Appropriations.
SENATOR NDUME REVEALS HOW SARAKI BETRAYED HIM
The Senator representing Borno South senatorial district, Mohammed Ali Ndume has claimed that Senate President, Bukola Saraki, betrayed him.
Ndume was until January this year, the Senate Leader in the Upper Chamber.
He was suspended for six months in March, over a point of order he raised on Saraki and Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West).
In an interview with Punch, when asked if he was used and dumped by Saraki, he replied: “I don’t want to agree with the assertion that I was used and dumped.
“God destined that I will be Senate Leader for one and half years. It is God that said my time was over; that was why I was removed although it was done through Saraki. The Senate President was instrumental to my removal but God actually sanctioned it; that was why it was possible for him to remove me.
“I feel bad, I feel betrayed by Saraki and other people that we struggled together. But since they decided to stab me in the back, I leave them to God; He is the ultimate judge. I have since put the matter behind me and I am ready to move on. I thank God that I did not die on the seat.
“I have no regret. I would have been worried if I did anything wrong. I didn’t say anything that is not true, I didn’t fight anybody neither did I abuse anyone.”