More than one week after the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, constituted a committee to probe the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, on claims that he siphoned over N120 billion generated by the Force and questionable promotions carried out under his watch, the panel is yet to announce commencement date for the exercise.
Chairman of the committee and Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Francis Alimikhena, declined to brief newsmen on Wednesday evening, after he held a closed door session with members of the panel.
Although the committee has barely three weeks to conclude the exercise and submit its final report to the Senate, Ripples Nigeria gathered that letters are yet to be dispatched to the IGP, Idris and chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Mr Mike Okiro.
Newspaper advertorials are yet to be placed by the committee. Similarly, an official invitation is yet to be sent to the Senate Press Corps for coverage of the proceedings.
This is a usual practice in the National Assembly. Clerks of committees send official invitation letters to the Press Corps to cover their activities.
Similarly, the Samuel Anyanwu-led committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, is yet to announce its own commencement date for the probe of Senator Isah Hamman Misau and the IGP, Idris, on the claims of sexual misconduct and desertion of the Force by the senator.
It is not clear if the recent legal suit filed against Senator Misau by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) on behalf of the IGP, will derail or delay the commencement of the probe in the Senate.
By Ehisuan Odia.
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