Chairman, Police Service Commission, PSC, Sir Mike Okiro has described as “blackmail” an allegation that he embezzled N275 million meant for election monitoring by his commission.
In fact, Okiro, a former Inspector general of Police, IGP, accused a former protocol officer in the commission, Aaron Kaase, and a journalist whom he refused to name as people behind the allegation.
Okiro told a press conference in Abuja yesterday that the unnamed journalist demanded N10million from him (Okiro) in order not to publish a petition against him, even as he resisted pressures from journalists to mention the name of the alleged blackmailer.
Kaase had petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, accusing Okiro of organising a fraudulent training programme for workers of the commission to siphon N350million.
Consequently, the anti-graft agency had last week invited and quizzed Okiro on the basis of Kaase’s petition, but told journalists that there is no iota of truth in the bogus claim by Mr. Kaase, who is currently on suspension over what he (Okiro) called gross misconduct and criminal activities, adding that it beat his imagination on how Mr. Kaase contrived such mind-boggling figures of N275million as misappropriated from the coffers of the commission, with scant regards to the fact that facts are sacred and such weighty allegations must demand empirical evidence and substantiation to be believed.
Mr. Okiro alleged that the journalist was instigated by Kaase to extort him, and that when the said journalist was arrested by the police, he was brought to his office where he confronted the former protocol officer who admitted colluding with him.
The former IGP continued: “On April 2, 2015, at 2.20pm, I received a text on my telephone which read, ‘Afternoon sir, can you kindly call me? I’m working on a story over alleged N350million loot in your commission’” and that the text was from that journalist.
Okiro also revealed that Kaase was later arrested and remanded in Kuje prison for collecting N1million from a man to secure a United States visa when he was the protocol officer, but failed to deliver, probably due to his redeployment to another department in the commission.
Moreover, the PSC boss revealed that his commission received the sum of N350million for election monitoring/conferences/training of the staff of PSC to be deployed to the states to monitor the police conduct during the just concluded general elections, but that the money came late due to late approval from the Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP, and so the commission was able to conduct only one-day training.
“The PSC staffs were paid their allowances, DTA for the one-day training and their entitlements for the journey to the states for the monitoring. Total amount paid was N217,388,154. The remainder of N132,611,845.99 is still in the PSC project account.”

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