Saraki vs IGP Idris: Meeting Buhari was needless – Senator

Bukola Saraki and IGP
Bukola Saraki and IGP

One of the senators who met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday over the ongoing face-off between Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has said the meeting was needless.

Abdullahi Adamu was one of the nine senators who met with Mr Buhari on Tuesday in his office.

After the meeting, he told State House correspondents they were at the villa to speak with the president following an alarm raised by Mr Saraki in plenary last week.

He said Mr Saraki had told senators that the governor of his home state of Kwara told him over the phone “that some persons, suspected to be cultists who are undergoing investigation in Ilorin, Kwara State, will be transferred to Abuja and it is becoming a problem that is why the governor intimated him.”

Mr Saraki had told senators that the suspect were being transferred to Abuja to change their confessional statements and implicate him and Mr Ahmed over the alleged murder of 11 persons in Kwara State.

The Senate president said the move was on the orders of the IGP, because he ( Saraki) had led the Senate to declare him unfit for office and an enemy of democracy.

Mr Adamu told reporters that the Senate subsequently decided to raise a ten-member panel to visit the president “to hear what is going on and if anything can be done about it.”

However, Mr Adamu said, a senior police officer in Kwara had already stated that the name of the Senate president was not mentioned by the suspects, adding “if that is the case, there is no need for all these emissaries.”

“But since we have decided that a team should come, we have come to hear from the president and he listened to us”.

Asked why the Senate was not ready to allow the police perform their duty, Mr Adamu said the mission to see the president by senators cannot stop the police from carrying out their duties.

The senator blamed the incident on the lack of harmonious relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government.

He said the absence of a good working relationship has made it impossible to disallow “these unnecessary things” from happening.

He also said a situation where “a small matter is often overblown” often “becomes a problem for everybody”.

“This is the result of some unnecessary utterances because things are not going as expected.

“So long as suspicion and accusations continue to exist within the minds of some people who ordinarily shouldn’t have them, these things will continue,” he said.

The former Nasarawa State governor declined to state the response of Mr Buhari during the discussion.

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