Olu Onemola, a Special Assistant to the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described as untrue reports making the rounds that his boss refused to shake hands with the outgone Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration.
Onemola, who shared pictures of the President of the Senate in a handshake with the IGP, described the reports as malicious and unprofessional.
He wrote: “There is a story going around on several online platforms that the Senate President refused to shake the hand of the former IGP. Please note that the story is false. This picture was taken today.”
Saraki was accompanied by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
Some of the pictures shared also showed Saraki and Dogara in a cheerful chat with the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
Saraki and the IGP have not been so much in good terms as the number three citizen had on many occasions called for the sack of Idris, stressing that he was a threat to democracy and not fit to hold public office.
Saraki had also accused the IGP of trying to implicate him in the Offa Robbery saga and had met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the matter, a case which is still lingering.
On several occasions, the IGP shunned the invitation of the Senate to give explanations on the security situation in the country, an action which angered the upper legislative body and leading to a no confidence vote of the IGP.