Melaye: IGP ignores Senate, accompanies Buhari to Bauchi
27 April, 2018, 00:19 | Author: Inez Murphy
The IGP, who was summoned by the lawmakers on Wednesday, failed to show up, as he was said to have accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari to Bauchi on official engagement.
IGP Idris' summon followed a motion moved by Sen.
Meanwhile, some Senators have been paying a solidarity visit to Melaye at the National Hospital. It means that we need drastic action.
Seconding the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, stated that "coercion can not work", stressing that it was not the way things should be done.
He also delegated a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) to represent him at the briefing. 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.
Melaye was hospitalised on Tuesday after having serious scuffle with operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), who laid siege on his house in Abuja on Monday and eventually arrested him on Tuesday.
The court held that the quartet who were docked by the Nigerian Police Force for obstruction, should remain in prison custody till April 30 when the merit of their bail application will be considered. We are happy that we have seen him.
Shortly after the plenary was adjourned, Saraki led some senators to the National Hospital where they first met with a former Speaker of the House of Representatives who is now the Chairman of the Governing Board of the hospital, Mrs. Patricia Etteh; and the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Jeff Momoh. I think the issue is how we get him out of the situation he is in.
"We must say what needs to be done".
Regardless, Saraki later visited the hospital in company with 40 senators to see Melaye.
In an interview with newsmen, Saraki said Melaye was in a stable condition.
Etteh and Momoh later led the lawmakers to the National Trauma Centre within the premises where Melaye was being treated.
The senator had been handcuffed on his hospital bed and it took the intervention of other senators to have the handcuffs removed.
The senate president, however, confirmed that Melaye hadn't eaten anything in 24 hours, as at yesterday afternoon.
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