IGP orders probe of predecessor, Arase

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Former IGP, Solomon Arase and his successor, Ibrahim Idris, during the handing over to the latter

Former IGP, Solomon Arase and his successor, Ibrahim Idris, during the handing over to the latter

The acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has set up a special investigation panel to probe his predecessor, Solomon Arase, over the disappearance of many police vehicles.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, Idris accused Arase of leaving the force with 24 police vehicles.

He also accused the seven Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, who retired alongside Arase, of going away with eight and seven cars each, leaving him with no good official car.

Idris said he had written Arase to return the cars, which included two official bullet-proof BMW 7 series cars, stressing that the retired police chief and his DIGs were yet to return the vehicles even after writing them.

The police boss revealed that a special investigation team had been set up to look into the records of police vehicle purchases in the last three years as well as how they were distributed.

“If you look through the windows of my former office and from the report from my (Force) transport officer, you would see cars, but a week to the day I would resume, all these cars disappeared.

“So, what I am telling you is that I have signed a directive to my SIP (I have a special investigation panel, I set it up). It is going to investigate all the vehicle purchases, contributions to the police and the distribution of those vehicles in the last three years; we are going to look into that.

“When I took over, there was no vehicle, even the vehicle I would use. I discovered the last IG went away with 24 vehicles; the DIGs, some of them eight, some of them seven. The IG’s vehicles included two BMW 7 series, one armoured; and he left me with an old car.

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Source:: PM Newspaper