Breaking News: Senators In Closed-Door Meeting Buhari Over Saraki vs IGP Idris Crisis

Breaking News: Senators In Closed-Door Meeting Buhari Over Saraki vs IGP Idris Crisis
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El Sol de Puebla reports that after several hours of negotiations, Alfonso Hernández Montiel decided to pay 3 million pesos ($152,000) on the spot along with the promise that he would pay the rest in the following days.

Even though they had previously said that they no longer believed in his promises, the protesters agreed and the mayor was allowed to leave the town hall.

Yesterday, Urbano Puebla reported that the General Secretariat of Government (SGG) denied any payment for the release of the mayor, claiming instead that the protesters had released him voluntarily.

Senators appointed by their colleagues are currently meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The lawmakers, led by Senate President Bukola Saraki, were appointed by their colleagues to discuss with the president over the controversy surrounding the actions of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

The Senate set up the nine-member committee  last Wednesday after Mr Saraki raised an allegation that Mr Idris was trying to frame him in the handling of crime suspects arrested in Kwara.

Mr Saraki had told his colleagues that the police chief transferred the suspects undergoing interrogation in Kwara State to Abuja to make statements to implicate the senate president, who is a former Kwara governor.

The police have since confirmed transferring the suspects, but cautioned Mr Saraki not to jeopardise investigations.

Mr Saraki’s allegation came days after Mr Idris, for the third time, refused to honour summons by the Senate. The lawmakers invited the police chief to discuss the treatment meted on a senator, Dino Melaye, the police, as well as the poor security situation across the country.

Other members of the Senate committee appointed to meet Mr Buhari are Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan; Chief Whip Olusola Adeyeye; Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio; Danjuma Goje; Sam Anyanwu; Aliyu Wammako; Fatima Raji-Rasaki; and Oluremi Tinubu.

The SGG statement added that the people had the to hold the mayor accountable and demand the fulfilment of his campaign promises.

One could speculate that the Government may have denied the payment to avoid having to take action against the local community for essentially kidnapping their mayor and holding him for ransom.

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