Following the tension stirred in Anambra state with the removal of security aides of Governor Willie Obiano, the Senate has ordered the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris to without any delay, restore the security aides of that state Governor.
Recall that on Tuesday, the IGP withdrew security aides of the governor, just as he stepped-down the commissioner of Police in the state on the grounds of allowing a level playing ground ahead of the gubernatorial election in the state.
But yesterday, Senate was concerned over the action of the IGP and said apart from being undemocratic, it is also capable of causing chaos.
Senate said the action, if not reversed can be set as precedence in all forthcoming elections where withdrawal of security aides of even the President and any other officers running election would be exhibited.
The directive of the Senate was sequel to different point of orders moved by the Senators.
Senate’s minority leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba South) had raised Order 43 of the Senate rules, drawing attention of the Upper Chamber to the matter.
At first, the issue did not get the nod of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to subject the matter to debate.
Again, Deputy minority whip , Senator Abiodun Olujimi ( PDP Ekiti South ) later came through order 52 and the the issue was successfully put to debate.
Bwacha in his earlier submission said although he is not a member of APGA, he was only disturbed as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria over the action from the IG and particularly his embarrassing defence of it as widely reported in the media.
His words: “Though the IG in his defence of the obviously wrong action ,said he did it to provide a level playing field for candidates of all political parties in the election but this cannot be said to be tenable because a sitting governor as constitutionally provided, deserves to have security aides around him. I am not a member of APGA the ruling party in Anambra state, but as a Senator , I felt the Senate needs to look into this and condemn it as a way of protecting our democracy.”
However, in her debate, Senator Olujimi posited that the withdrawal of the governor’s security aides by the IG is dangerous to democratic tenets especially as it signal fears towards the successful conduct of the 2019 general election.
According to her, if the situation is no properly checked, it can possibly be extended in future elections.
“This action is bad, unlawful, dangerous and must not be allowed to stand by this Senate in the interest of our nascent democracy and I humbly moved that the Senate do debate it and take appropriate action”, she said .
Consequently, Senate further resolved that the committee on police affairs should ensure that IGP comply with the directive immediately and to report back to the Upper chamber within 24 hours.
In his remarks, Senate President Saraki noted that the position of the Senate was only taken to right the wrong disposition as displayed by IGP.
“This is to show that there is nothing to cover up and if anything is wrong, it is wrong and the IGP should immediately restore the security aides of the governor,” Saraki stated.
Source: Leadership Newspaper