Dino Melaye: IGP snubs Senate invitation for second time

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A former Nigerian Ambassador to Cuba, Laraba Elsie Bhutto has challenged an alleged harassment on her by policemen during the raid in a Zankli Hospital, Abuja to arrest the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye.

He was brought to court on a stretcher and newsmen were barred from going into the court premises.

"The police officers started beating me furiously and I fell to the ground but they picked me up and forced me into one of their waiting vehicles along with other people who were also arrested by the police", she said.

The IGP was expected to brief the Senate on the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye.

The Senate President asked the Majority Leader, Ahmad Lawan; and Chairman of the Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim, to engage with the executive on the matter.

"The IG has said that he can not come".

The upper chamber had earlier summoned him on Wednesday April 25 but he failed to appear.

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As he did last week, the IGP rather than honouring the invitation in person, delegated the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Operations), Habila Joshak, to make the appearance on his behalf.

"The Chairman of the Police Committee has said that he is not able to reach him".

Ibrahim, in his explanation, said the IGP has not picked his call since he was mandated to get across to him.

Nigerians have criticised the Senate's summons, saying it only came after a senator had been harassed by the police.

The Senate had summoned IGP Idris to appear before it over the recent killings and security situation across the country. "We organised a security summit".

"I don't want us to labour too much on this issue".

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