The faceoff between the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the police Inspector General, Ibrahim Idris, has recently taken a dangerous turn when recently the Police invited the President of the Senate on the strength of an allegation of one of the robbers of Offa Robbers who claimed that he recruited by the Senate President and the Kwara state Governor, Abdulfatai Ahmed.
The invitation was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. The senate recently has been inviting the IG to come and answer questions on the security situation in the country. Twice he has been invited, and twice the IG snubbed them. And the IG has been looking for a stick to flog the Senate president.
When, during an official function in Kano, the IG was seen on a trending video struggling to read an address, he had allegedly accused the senate leadership of masterminding the doctored video.
The current imbroglio started when the Offa bank robbery, being investigated by the ace officer, Abba Kyari. The suspects were interrogated in Kwara state, but it was only when they were transferred to Abuja on the instruction of the IG. It was only then that they claimed that they were thugs armed by Saraki who used their weapons for armed robbery. And the Police high command invited the senate president for interrogation on the strenght of their allegation.
This has generated a strong backlash on the social media. The general consensus was that the office of the senate president is being demeaned by such inanities, particularly as there were rumors of the Directorate of state security withdrawing the security details of the principal officers of the National assembly-the Senate President and the speaker of the House of Representatives. The DSS, however, has denied the allegation.
The battle has resurrected the specter of dictatorship the President Muhammadu Buhari was linked with particularly in his first coming. And, apart from indirectly making a hero of Saraki, it further puts a knell on the APC led central government to project the current leadership of the country for presidential election come 2019.