- Says police boss doctored his retirement date
Damilola Oyedele in Abuja
Senator Isah Hamman Misau has alleged that the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, gave two Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) to the wife of the president, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, for her personal use.
Testifying wednesday before the Senate adhoc committee charged with investigating the allegations he levelled against the IG, Misau also alleged that the retirement date of the IG was doctored on the staff list of senior police officers to January 15, 2019 from January 3 of the same year.
He, however, did not specify the implication of the 12-day manipulation in retirement date.
Speaking on the cars allegedly given to the first lady, Misau said Mrs. Buhari had made the request through her Aide de Camp for a Toyota Sienna and Hiace Bus.
â€œThe IG gave the wife of the president two Jeeps, and this came through a letter from the ADC of the first lady who requested on her behalf that she needed a Sienna and Hiace for personal use, but she was given the two jeeps for her private use,â€ he told the eight man committee.
Misau summarised his allegations to include diversion of funds, use of police funds for personal use, poor attention to personnel welfare, sexual relationship with women police, and nepotism.
He accused the IG of undermining legitimate police departments by creating special units who â€˜curiouslyâ€™ report directly to him.
He listed the units to include the IG Response Team, IGP Monitoring Unit and Special Investigation Unit.
Other allegations he leveled against Idris include pocketing monies gotten from deployment of between 50,000 and 100,000 policemen to private firms and citizens for protection, running a bribery for postings and special deployments scheme, and favoritism in promotion and appointment of police commissioners.
â€œIt is alleged that a woman Assistant Commissioner of Police who is in charge of posting and transfer at the Force Headquarters, Abuja and is known to be close to the IG, collects money for general postings and transfers, and this is verifiable through the ACPâ€™s account details and those of her immediate subordinate officers and men as the money collected are usually through bank transfers.
â€œThe IG is also in the habit of regularly withdrawing cases from the DIG Investigations/Intelligence and reassigned to junior officers loyal to him, thereby effectively undermining the Deputy Inspector General;â€
â€œThe IG is known to have recruited retired Assistant Inspector General of Police and other civilian personnel without recourse to the Police Service Commission or the Public Service Rule. Aside from the financial implication of such recruitments on public fund, these unlawfully recruited personnel in most cases take over the job schedule of serving senior officers,â€ Misau told the committee.
â€œI still have some contract papers that the IG himself submitted to the court (Misau Vs FG) where the first lady through her aide-de-camp requested a Toyota Hiace and a Sienna. The same day that the ADC wrote, the IG minuted that she should be given two jeeps. And it is not part of the appropriation. If you look at the appropriation, there is nowhere they said the first lLady should be given two jeeps,â€
â€œThe letter came from the ADC to the wife of the President. The most unfortunate thing is that even in the letter, the ADC wrote that they wanted the vehicles for her private engagements; they wrote that they wanted Sienna and Hiace and the IG said they should be given two jeeps. And he (IG) supplied the document to the court.â€
Idris is expected to appear before the committee next week. It is however unclear if he would honor the invitation extended to him, as he has gone to court to stop the committee from mandating his appearance.