IGP Shuns Senate Invitation, Joins Buhari In Bauchi

PDP Decries Assault On Senate/Senators

Senator Melaye, who has been engulfed in a controversy recently, was arrested on Tuesday by men of the IGP's Monitoring Team and was being conveyed to Kogi State before he reportedly jumped out of the moving police vehicle.

Recall that the Senate had, on Wednesday, summoned the IGP to appear in the chamber to address the lawmakers in plenary on Thursday (today).

The Police boss was, however, said to have accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari on a state visit to Bauchi State.

The Red Chamber equally resolved to summon the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to explain the circumstances which led to the alleged harassment, arrest and detention of Melaye, by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), from his office. "I am sure if he had informed the president that he needs to attend the senate summons and to attend to issues regarding the killings, I'm certain the president would have allowed him to come here", he said.

In a brief remark at the end of the short plenary session, Saraki expressed disappointment at the attitude of security agencies towards security issues in the country.

Senator Chukwuka Utazi, who seconded the motion, described it as an important motion that should be given all the attention it deserves.

Asked whether Melaye was handcuffed to his bed as reported, Saraki said, "No, he is not on handcuffs".

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The Senator has been moved to the National Hospital on Wednesday morning on the instruction of the Police.

In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said Since the emergence of the current leadership of the Senate outside the preference of the APC and the executive arm, the Senate has been under attack while senators who show support for the leadership are being hounded and harassed by agents of the executive. It is also important to state that according to the constitution and the Electoral Act the petition would only be said to have been verified if at least 50 percent plus one of the signatures or thumbprints of the registered voters in the constituency are verified.

Before his arrest, the police had declared him wanted. We are happy that we have seen him. He has not eaten for the past 24 hours.

Na'Allah also said the police and the hospital's management however asked that any volunteer could feed him, provided that such an individual was ready to taste the food before it would be given to Melaye.

Senators who went to see Melaye on Tuesday night in a private hospital, Zanklin Abuja, where he was first taken, were denied access by the Police.

"I didn't see handcuffs on him when the senators visited him this (Wednesday) afternoon".

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