The Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki is ready to meet President Muhammadu Buhari to report to him an alleged plot by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to implicate him.
Saraki is to lead the leadership of the upper legislative chamber to meet with President Buhari over the alleged plot which he disclosed on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday.
The Senate resolved that the Senate President should lead a delegation to relay the concerns raised on the floor by Saraki. The delegation would consist of the Senate President, the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan; the Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye; and the Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
Other members of the delegation would included Senator Danjuma Goje, Senator Sam Anyanwu, Senator Aliyu Wammako, Senator Fatima Raji Rasaki, and Senator Oluremi Tinubu.
Saraki had raised the alarm on the floor of the Senate over a plot by the IGP to implicate him using ‘coerced’ cultists.
“My Distinguished colleagues, there is an issue which I need to bring to your attention very urgently. Last night, my State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatai Ahmed revealed to me an information at his disposal that a group of suspects who had been in police cells for several weeks for cultism and whose investigation had been concluded with prosecution about to commence under the State law based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the Ministry of Justice were ordered to be transferred to Abuja this morning.
“ According to the information available to the Governor, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim directed the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State to immediately transfer the men to the Force Headquarters.
“The plan, as the Governor was made to understand is that, under duress, the suspects would be made to alter the statements they already made in Ilorin. They will then be made to implicate the Kwara State Government, and in particular, myself, in their new statement.
“This plot is part of the strategy by the IGP Idris to settle scores over the declaration by this honourable Chamber that he is not qualified and competent to hold any public office, within and outside the country and that he is an enemy of Nigerian democracy based on his usual disrespectful conduct towards lawful authorities.
“”In my own view, this plot is an act of desperation, blackmail, intimidation, abuse of office and crude tactics aimed at turning our country into a Police State where top officials cannot be made to obey the law, follow due process and subject themselves to constituted authorities.
“I want to bring this dangerous development to the attention of all of you my colleagues, the entire country and the international community so that you can be aware of the level of impunity in our country and the danger it constitute to our democracy,” the President of the Senate said.
Saraki explained that he was bringing the issue to the attention of his colleagues to let them know the gravity of the situation.
“I know the gravity of the issue that is why I am bringing it to your attention and to continue to let our colleagues and the world know presently the danger we are going with and the levels of the rascality that is going on with some of these actions.
“I have brought it to your attention and we must continue to play our own role in doing what we believe in the course of our duty.
“It is very unfortunate but that it the information I have as of now,” the President of the Senate said.
Commenting on the issue, Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos-APC) and Philip Aduda (FCT-PDP) suggested that a joint committee of the Senate and House of Representatives be constituted because Mr Saraki is the chairman of the National Assembly.
The Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye, differed. He proposed that the Senate should set up a committee of seven with a chairman and one person from each geo-political zone and brief the House of Representatives which could choose to do so or not.
Sam Anyanwu (Imo-PDP) said the situation is a manifestation of a warning he gave his colleagues some months ago. He added that there is a plot to bring down senators who are critical of government.
“If this matter has to do with the President of the Senate, then all of us are in trouble. I remember I said this that from February, all for us should be prepared, one after the other, it has come to that point.
“I’m looking at a situation where we don’t look at geo-political zones, we look for crack people who can do a forensic investigation and bring it to the public domain so that Nigerians can understand the persecution we are going through now.
“As it stands, I can assure you, some of us have been earmarked just because we speak out. But as far as I’m concerned, it’s only one bullet and one life.”
Kabiru Marafa (Zamfara-APC) said the committee should be set up to meet with the President rather than investigate and turn out a report which may not be acted upon.
He said, “Instead of investigating, I want to suggest the committee be made of well-experienced people should sit down with the president and discuss the issue.
“These things are capable of turning our democracy upside down. We are going to conduct investigation, after the investigation where are you carrying the resolution or the report to? It will further pit the National Assembly against the Executive. Let us raise this committee and let them sit with Mr President.”
Isa Misau (Bauchi-APC) wants his colleagues to be prepared as more of such ‘victimisation,’ targeted at 2019 elections, will still occur.
“The police is just being used as face for this, there are other security organisations behind what is happening. And all this things is about 2019 election,” he said.