The unity in the House of Representatives suffered a setback yesterday as six members distanced themselves from the resolution of the House calling for the removal of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris from office.
The House had earlier yesterday adopted a motion of urgent national importance where they opined that the IGP, due to his utterances, actions and inactions can no longer be trusted to conduct his job in an apolitical manner, and thereby putting the lives of Nigerians in jeopardy.
However, Johnson Agbonayinma (APC, Edo), Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya (APC, Kano), Muhammad Sani Abdul (APC, Bauchi), Ayuba Bello (APC, Borno), Abubakar Chika Adamu (APC, Niger) and Basir Babale (APC, Kano) promptly disagreed with their colleagues, saying that the decision of the House did not follow due process.
The lawmakers promised to move for the the rescission of the resolution, adding that most members played to the gallery at the resolution thereby denying the IGP a fair hearing.
At a press briefing, the six lawmakers said their position against the resolution of the House to sack the IGP will be presented to the House in form of a motion.
Agbonayinma, who spoke on behalf of the others said,
“The motion on Kano did not go down well with some of us. The Speaker has always guided the House and tried his best, but all of us played to the galary. We should be fair to all.
“On the issue that IGP should be replaced, I think we were too in a rush, the motion should have been refered to a Committee.
“Every Nigerian has a right to fair hearing. The issue should have been investigated. Not only me but some of our colleagues were not too happy with the resolution.
“Some of us are going forward to rescind the decision. We were not fair to the IGP”.For emphasis,
Agbonayinma said the group will not waste a moment to sponsor a motion to rescind the decision,
“This is because a decision on a critical actor in enforcement of our laws without thorough investigation would be uncomplimentary to the position of this hallowed chamber, known for fairness, equity and good purpose”, he added.
According to the lawmaker, the title of the motion will be “The House rescind the resolution from the motion on the need to curb thuggery in political activities in Kano and Nigeria in general and refer to the relevant communities for proper investigations and report back to the House within four (4) weeks for further legislative action