Buhari, Senators meet on Saraki/IGP face-off

May 22nd, 2018

By Chesa Chesa

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Aso Rock Villa met with the committee raised by the Senate to interface with him over alleged attempt by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to implicate Sebate President, Bukola Saraki, in a criminal case.

The committee delegation was led by Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, and other members were Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye; Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio; Danjuma Goje; Sam Anyanwu; Aliyu Wammako; Fatima Raji-Rasaki; Abdullahi Adamu and Oluremi Tinubu.

Saraki had alleged on the floor of the senate that Idris influenced the transfer of some suspected criminals from Kwara State to the police headquarters in Abuja with the intent of having them rope the sl Senate President in a case if criminal y

Lawan declined to elaborate on the meeting but another member, Abdulahi Adamu, explained to State House correspondents that the Senate President made some comments to the effect that he received a call from his governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed, that some persons, suspected to be cultists who are undergoing investigation in Ilorin, Kwara state will be transferred to Abuja and it is becoming a problem. That is why the governor intimated him.

“That is why it was decided that we should come, as leaders in the Assembly to hear what is going on and if anything can be done about it.”

Asked why the Senate didn’t simply allow the police to do its work, Adamu said “that cannot stop us from coming to see the president on the matter and to hear from him if you really know what has been happening at the Assembly”.

He further pointed out that “if there is a harmonious working relationship between the executive and legislature and even the judiciary, all these type of things will not come up and even if they do come, not in the way they are coming up now.

“A small matter is often overblown and it becomes a problem for everybody. This is the result of some unnecessary utterances because things are not going as expected.

“So long as suspicion and accusations continue to exist within the minds of some people who ordinarily shouldn’t have them, these things will continue.”

Senator Adamu admitted that politics is involved in the ongoing controversy saying: “Of course it is. You don’t need to be told, it is surely politics.

“A senior Police officer in Kwara had stated that the name of the Senate president was not mentioned and if that is the case, there is no need for all these emissaries but since we have decided that a team should come, we have come to hear from the president and he listened to us.”

Asked what then president told the committee, he said: “I can’t tell you that.”

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