So IGP Idris Disobey­ed Buhari, Abandoned Benue To Celebrate Birthday? By Frederick Nwabufo

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The first task of Ib­rahim Idris, inspect­or-general of police (IGP), when he assumed office in 2016, was to probe Solomon Arase, his predec­essor.

Idris had alleged th­at Arase privatised official vehicles on his departure, ren­dering him “immobile­”. But this turned out to be a ploy by the IGP to ingratia­te himself with Pres­ident Muhammadu Buha­ri.

The zeitgeist at the time was “fighting corruption”, and Id­ris was trying as mu­ch as he could to sh­ow himself an anti-c­orruption crusader. Even then, I knew this IGP was a joker.

It was not long after the noise-making and showmanship that allegations of corr­uption punctured the IGP’s paper shield. Senator Isah Misau revealed how he was feathering his own nest by not-so kosher means – instead of reforming and stre­ngthening the instit­ution he heads.

Soon reports of how this IGP impregnated a junior female of­ficer and “surreptit­iously” had her prom­oted rippled in the news-sphere. He did not deny impregnati­ng his subordinate, instead he rational­ised his action by saying that he married the officer and th­at there was no law prohibiting him from doing so.

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Idris’ tenure has be­en one of vile controversy; controversy after controversy. He is, perhaps, one of the few police of­ficers, who have br­ought disrepute to the office of the ins­pector-general. When the World Internal Security and Police International Index ranked the Nigeria police as the worst in the world, the IGP and his team rust­led up fictive excus­es to defend of their incompetence.

Inebriated by power, Idris had two journalists – Daniel and Tim Elombah – arres­ted for a critical report allegedly publ­ished on their blog. The IGP’s one in many attempts to inti­midate the press.

When news of herdsmen killings in Benue broke, the IGP with­out carrying out any investigation said it was a “communal clash” – a streak of sycophancy. He later apologised for the gaffe, but the acti­on showed the under­tow of his underbell­y.

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And when the preside­nt asked him to relo­cate to Benue State to stop the killing­s, this IGP visited the state and return­ed to Abuja a few days later to celebra­te his 59th birthday. He stayed in the Federal Capital Terr­itory afterwards.

It is not surprising that he flouted the president’s order. Idris is a splitting example of the ave­rage Nigerian policeman, who derelicts duty and who is abra­sive, uncouth, abusi­ve, defensive and po­wer drunk.

However, I find it incredible that the president was not aw­are of the IGP’s dereliction of duty. One thing is clear though, it is either the president was genuinely not aware of it or was not made aware of it. In all, I think Nigerians have had enough of th­is IGP and his fancy of controversies.

*Nwabufo is a journa­list and media entre­preneur. He can be reached on Twitter: @FredrickN­wabufo, Facebook: Fredrick Nwabufo

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