Buhari meets Senate team over IG-Saraki row

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met a delegation from the Senate over the face-off between the Senate and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

Members of the delegation were led to the meeting that held behind closed doors inside the President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja by the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan.

Other members of the team were the Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye; Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio; Danjuma Goje; Sam Anyanwu; Aliyu Wammako; Fatima Raji-Rasaki; and Oluremi Tinubu.

The Senate had last week Wednesday set up a nine-member committee, to meet the President over an allegation that the IG was trying to implicate the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.

The Senate President had during the plenary told his colleagues that the IG had transferred some criminal suspects undergoing interrogation in Kwara State to Abuja to make statements to implicate him.

At the end of the meeting, Senator Abdullahi Adamu spoke with State House correspondents in Hausa.

Adamu explained that the meeting was necessitated by the allegation Saraki made against the IG on the floor of the Senate.

He said, “What brought about the need to meet the President came about in the Senate last week.

“The Senate President made some comments to the effect that he received a call from his governor, Abdulfatah, that some persons, suspected to be cultists who are undergoing investigations in Ilorin, Kwara State, would be transferred to Abuja and it was becoming a problem that was why the governor intimated him.

“That was why it was decided that we should come, as leaders in the Assembly to hear what is going on and if anything can be done about it.”

He said it was important to brief the President and hear from him because of the frosty relationship that had been existing between the two arms of government.

Adamu said the situation would not have arisen if there was a cordial relationship between the arms of government.

The federal lawmaker said the frosty relationship had encouraged issues that he described as small matters to be blown out of proportion.

“A small matter is often overblown and it 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.

Adamu said nobody needed to be told that what was playing out was pure politics.

He admitted that the meeting with the President should not have been necessary again with the clarification made by the police.

“A senior police officer in Kwara had stated that the name of the Senate President was not mentioned.

“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,” he said.

He, however, refused to disclose what Buhari told them at the meeting.

The Presidency has yet to issue any statement on the meeting as of the time of filing this report.

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