Between the Senate and the court, which is statutorily mandated to resolve the whirling charges and counter-charges between the Police Inspector-General (IG) and his former sub-ordinate and now elected superior, Senator Isah Misau?
The answer continues to swing in the wind, but Police IG, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, in deference to the Upper Legislative House made an appearance before the Senate Public Petitions Committee Wednesday. He kept sealed lips except to volunteer why he showed up,after an initial refusal that led to a threat from Senate President Bukola Saraki.
“I’m represented by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria here, that’s Alex Iziyon.”
“I will not make any other comment or answer any question in respect to the allegations and various civil and criminal cases pending in the law court. More especially, when the senator has already been arraigned in court in respect of these matters.”
He added: “I decided to appear before this Senate committee on the allegations out of the high respect I have for the Senate and my penchant for the rule of law.
“Furthermore, it is expected that the Senate and the committee will refrain from making reference to the issue as it would be against order 41 (7) and 53 (5) of the Senate standing order 2015 as amended.”
Iziyon, Idris counsel, spoke further: “I have taken instructions from him (Idris). We’ve gotten the papers filed by the petitioner and we have responded to those allegations to show that we don’t have to hide and I have submitted 15 copies this morning to this honourable committee.
“When you have judicial remedies present and these matters are in court, any reference to it might lead to prejudice. The Senate in their own wisdom have this rule. That is why I am pleading with you to look into your own rule.
But Chairman of the Senate Committee, Francis Alimikhena, had his own counter-position on Iziyon’s resort to the Senate rules.
“This committee was constituted before you went to court. In other words, the court is even interfering with affairs of this committee,” he said.
He promised the Senate will study the documents sent in by Idris, reminding him that the issues before the Committee included matters that were not in court.