Joint session of national assembly upholds no-confidence Vote on IGP Idris

Joint session of national assembly upholds no-confidence Vote on IGP Idris

Chidi Samuel|

The National Assembly rose from its joint closed-door session on Tuesday and reaffirmed its resolution of a vote of no confidence on Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris.

The resolutions were read by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

He said, “We also hereby reaffirm our earlier resolution on the vote of no confidence on the Inspector General of Police, who does nothing but preside over innocent Nigerians with an outright disregard for the constitutional authority of both the executive and the legislature,”

The joint session also agreed that President Muhammadu Buhari must be held accountable for the actions of his appointees and sanction erring appointees.

“The President must be held accountable for the actions of his appointees and must be ready to sanction those that carry out any act which will ridicule or endanger our country and democracy.”

The Senate had earlier in May 2018 declared the IGP as an ‘enemy of democracy’ and that he is unfit to hold a public office after the police IG refused to appear in person before the lawmakers after he was summoned earlier on two different occasions.

Both chambers, at the end the joint session also gave marching orders to security agencies to protect Nigerians and curtail incessant killings by gunmen.

“The Security Agencies must be given marching orders to curtail the sustained killings of Nigerians across the country and protect life and properties of Nigerians as this is the primary duty of any responsible Government,” Saraki said.

The full resolutions of the Joint Sitting read by Saraki.

“The joint session of the national assembly in a closed session resolved that the security agencies must be given a marching order to curtail the killings of Nigerians across the country and protect the lives and properties of Nigerians. This is the primary responsibility of any responsible government. Two, persecution of political opponents must stop,” he said.

“Three, there is the strict adherence to the rule of law and protection of all citizens. Four, the president must be held accountable of the actions of his appointees and must be ready to sanction any act which will ridicule the country and our country’s democracy.

“Five, the government should show sincerity to the fight against corruption by not being selective and also prosecute current appointees pending against them. Six, the sanctity of the national assembly protected and preserved and prosecute those who invaded the Senate to seize the mace. Elections must be competitive and inclusive [away] from the rule of fear and intimidation, particularly as we approach the forthcoming 2019 elections.

“The national assembly will meet a few international communities through the IPU ECOWAS parliament, CPA, EU and United Nations to secure our democracy. The national assembly will also work close to the civil society organizations to further deepen and protect our democracy.

“Resolution nine, the president must take immediate steps to curtail the growing rate of unemployment especially now that we have the advantage of rising oil price. Ten, both chambers of the national assembly pass a vote of confidence on the Senate president and the speaker and the entire leadership of the national assembly.

“Eleven, we also hereby reaffirm our earlier resolution of the vote of no confidence on the Inspector-general of police who does nothing but preside over killings of Nigerians and outright disregard for constitutional authority of both the executive and the legislature. Finally, the national assembly will not hesitate to invoke its constitutional power if nothing is done address the bulk of resolutions passed today.”

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