The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is expected to appear before the Senate on Wednesday (today). He will be grilled by the lawmakers on the arrest, detention and hospitalisation of Senator Dino Melaye.
The appearance will be broadcast live on Nigerian Television Authority.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly had last Wednesday summoned the police boss to brief senators the next day on Melaye’s case and the killings by armed herdsmen and militias across the country.
Idris however shunned the invitation, choosing to accompany President Muhammadu Buhari who was on a two-day visit to Bauchi State instead.
The lawmakers had declined to engage his representative, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Operations), Mr. Joshak Habila.
Miffed by his non-appearance, the Senate had resolved to reschedule the IG’s address to today.
In another development, the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters is expected to present its report on Wednesday (today) on President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of the payment of $496m out of the Excess Crude Account for the purchase of military aircraft.
The 12 Super Tucano aircraft ordered from the United States will be delivered in 2020.
The Senate had on Thursday resolved to refer the matter to the committee for legal advice, when lawmakers became divided on it.
The panel was given the mandate to investigate the circumstances surrounding the arms deal and whether the President violated the constitution or not.