IGP gives condition to honour Senate’s invitation

The Inspector General of Police ( IGP ), Ibrahim Idris, on Friday said that he will only appear before the Senate over the allegation of corruption against him by Senator Isah Misau (Bauchi Central) only after discussing with his legal team.

He spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on security challenges in the country and measures to tackle them.

He said: “These are legal issues,we are discussing with our legal team, obviously if there is need we are going to appear for the sake of having respect for the Senate, I will appear before them.”

He said that 21,000 Police officers will be deployed to Anambra State to provide security for the November 18, 2017.

According to him, water boats and helicopter will also be deployed to take care of water ways and aerial surveillance respectively.

He said 3,000 suspected kidnappers that were arrested were cooling off in various Police Stations across the country and would soon be charged to court.

On the purpose of his visit to the State House, he said, “Obviously I am here as usual to discuss with the Commander-in-Chief on the security challenges we are having and how we will face these security challenges adequately.

“The security challenges are obvious. You know we are having elections in Anambra state and we are having challenges in various parts of the country especially some of these issues of kidnapping and these are things I discussed with the President and the measures taken to address it squarely.”

On how to go ensure adequate security in Anambra election, the IGP said, “Obviously we are deploring a lot of police officers, almost about 21,000 police officers to be able to provide adequate security in the Anambra election.

“We are deploying our water boats to take care of the water ways, we are deploying our helicopters to take care of the aerial surveillance and we are deploying our conventional police men and special police units to take care of situations on ground.

“And by the grace of God, we are going to have a successful and peaceful elections in Anambra state.”

Also commenting on security situation in Kaduna Abuja highway, the Inspector General of Police said that special units have been deployed to the road, adding that huge success had been recorded.

He said, “Kaduna Abuja road as you observed we have deployed our special units there and we have arrested several of these kidnappers.

“I want to appreciate the effort of the National Assembly for providing sort of a death penalty for suspects arrested that are involved in some of these cases of kidnapping and I am sure that in some few weeks time we are going to have drastic fall in the report of some of these incidences of kidnapping on those areas because of these punishment that has been made now by the National Assembly.

“We are taking them to court on everyday basis. Presently, we have almost over 3000 suspects in the various police stations all over the country and we are taking them to court. Recently, I set up a task force to sort of streamline or scrutinize these cases so that we have speedy trial of some of these suspects.” he stated

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