YOUTHS numbering over 300 yesterday in Anambra State staged a peaceful protest against the Senate’s declaration of the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Ibrahim idris , as an enemy of democracy and one who is unfit to hold public office.
The protest was done by youths under the aegis of Anambra Youths Forum. The state’s Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar, passed a vote of confidence on the IGP. The Senate’s pronouncement on the IGP, followed his continued refusal to honour the lawmakers’ invitation to explain the spate of killings in the country and the alleged inhuman treatment meted out to the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye.
The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions like: “Is Senate for crime”, “Senate: the public is watching you”, “Vote of confidence on IGP,” among others. The youths asked the lawmakers to go ahead to enjoy their huge take home salaries and leave the IGP alone.
They said they were satisfied with the level of successes he had recorded since he assumed office,especially in Anambra State, “where kidnapping and armed robbery had become a thing of the past.” Addressing reporters yesterday, the leader of the group, Anthony Ogbu, wondered why the Senate was taking the case of the IGP and that of the embattled Senator Melaye personal. According to him, “The IGP is the Chief Security Officer of the country after the President.
They should allow him to perform his duties. The Senate should be more concerned in promulgating laws. “The IGP has no time. His hands are full fighting all manner of criminality everywhere- Fulani herdsmen, Boko Haram, armed robbery, kidnapping, among other crimes,”he said.