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23 May 2018

Saraki vs IGP Idris: Lawan reveals Senate delegation’s discussion with Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to take appropriate actions on the impasse between Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim as well as other burning issues.

Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan revealed this on Tuesday when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the closed door meeting between the president and the 10-man senate delegation.

He said the president pledged to address all issues concerning the two arms of government.

His words: “Well, the IGP thing was one of the issues discussed on a general note. But of course it is right that the committee was set up after some incidents had happened.

“But let me said that the issues are beyond IGP/Senate affair. We have so many other issues that bother on ensuring that we work better with the executive arm of government.

“So, the IGP issue was just one of those issues that were discussed.

“Well, we have told the president all the issues that we thought we should discuss with him and of course those issues we were mandated to discuss with him and he has taken notes and would take appropriate actions,’’ he said.

The Senate leader expressed the hope that the meeting would promote more understanding between the executive and the legislature for the general good of the country.

He described it as “normal cases of misunderstanding” between arms of government, saying that efforts were being put in place to ensure that “the executive and the legislative arms are on the same page”.

The Senate had on May 9 passed a vote of no confidence on the IGP, describing him as “enemy of democracy’’ over his failure to honour its invitations twice.

Last week, Saraki accused the IGP of plotting to implicate him and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara in a murder case involving some suspected cultists.

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