Middle Belt Group Berates IG for Acting Above the Law


Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

A political pressure group, the Concerned Citizens of North Central (CCNC), has condemned what it described as the unconstitutional actions of the Inspector General of Police (IG) Ibrahim Idris, saying his action is a threat to the nation’s democracy.

The group disclosed this in a statement signed by Safiya Mohammed Agwai and Isyaku Hassan, after an emergency meeting in Abuja while assessing the situation in the country, as it affects its members and the geopolitical zone.

According to the group, “We are particularly worried about the above-the-law proclivities of the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr Ibrahim Idris. In that disposition, the IG, in his conduct and utterances, has consistently demonstrated that he was incapable of operating within the ambit of the rule of law.

“We recall his deliberate flouting of the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari at the peak of the crises in Benue State, evidence that no one is spared as he decides to ride roughshod on the sensibilities of everyone who has the misfortune to cross his path even if it is the president himself. His disrespect for constituted authority, especially the National Assembly, is seen by the electorate who voted them into office as a rude slap in the face.

“It is from this standpoint that the CCNC urges the president to call the IG, who is beginning to behave like an elephant in the house, to order. It noted that this is a democracy and agencies like the police owe themselves a duty to be submissive to the authority elected into office by the people, the ultimate custodians of the sovereignty.”

The group further argued that his disrespect of the National Assembly may have led to the show of shame at the hallowed chambers of the Senate during which some hoodlums, in veiled connivance with the security agency, and in a rare show of bravado, stormed the red chamber and stole the mace, the symbol of authority of the legislative body.

The CCNC added that it is particularly disturbed that up until now, none of the miscreants who desecrated the Senate chambers had been arrested let alone being prosecuted, saying this in spite of assurances by the president himself.

The group used the opportunity of the meeting to appeal to President Buhari to make good his promise that all the bandits that perpetrated that heinous infraction will be brought to deserved justice.

It noted that Senator Shehu Sani and Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, among others, are presently suffering the IG’s capacity to blackmail and intimidate.

The group however commended the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, for speaking up against this act of infamy and urged other Northern elders and traditional institutions to speak up against this onslaught on democracy.

The group intimated that the zone is mobilising the people in its catchment area to speak with one voice as the 2019 approaches just as it has resolved that the zone will no longer give any political aspirant a blank cheque in the next election.

It reassured the leadership of the National Assembly, the Senate in particular, of its support and loyalty at all times and enjoined President Buhari to be concerned about his place in history.