We can't probe IGP says Police Commission, EFCC

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The Police Service Commission (PSC) says it has no power to probe a bribery allegation in the sum of N120 billion leveled against the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy and Senator representing Bauchi Central, Isah Misau.
Speaking with Punch Newspaper, PSC’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, explained that Idris was not under the commission’s supervision by virtue of the Act establishing the commission, adding that the commission could only discipline or probe policemen from the rank of constable to Deputy Inspector-General of Police.
“So, the commission cannot investigate or discipline the IG.”
Senator Misau alleged that IGP Idris collected an annual sum of about N120bn as payment for special security services rendered by the police to corporate organisations and very important personalities, adding that over 50,000 personnel involved in such act had not been benefitting from the money.
Senate President had on Thursday urged the Senate to investigate the claims of the Senator.
Misau, who is a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, had also alleged that the special promotion of officers by the force was fraught with corruption.
“Based on available records, series of petitions and reports from insiders, the incumbent IGP has no capacity to run the police, just like the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro (retd.), a former IGP, who also lacks similar capacity going by the N300m scam and others hanging around his neck since 2011 during the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party, where he served as the head of the security committee.
“Specifically, the IGP, on good authority from within the force, collects over N10bn on monthly basis as money for special security provided by men of the force to corporate bodies and highly placed individuals, including criminals, running to N120bn on a yearly basis without any reflection in the police’ annual budget or internally generated revenue.
“On nepotism, the IGP is scoring high marks by making almost half of the mobile commanders in the country people of his Nupe extraction,” Misau is reported to have said.
In a reaction, the Police spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood issued a statement urging the public and the Senate to dismiss statements credited to Misau, stressing that everything he said were false, describing the lawmaker as “a habitual and unrepentant liar.”
“His real name in the Police is DSP Mohammed Isa Hamman, with Police number AP No. 57300. He is still a Police Officer and not a Senator because his name is still in the Police Service”, Moshood added.
However, the Police Service Commission (PSC) faulted Moshood’s statement on Wednesday, as it confirmed that the Senator had resigned from his appointment.
“The Police normally recommends people to us for retirement, so the recommendation came to the Commission and Misau’s name was included.
“We just confirmed that the retirement followed due process. The letter was dated 5th March 2014 to take effect from the 1st of December 2010″, PSC’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani read .
 
Similarly, a senior EFCC official also told PUNCH, that the anti-graft agency had no reason yet to probe Idris.
“We are currently not probing the IG and as it is, there is no reason to probe him,” the official said.

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