- Contracts 2 audit firms for the job
Barely three weeks after he took over the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force from his predecessor, ex-IGP Solomon Arase, acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has commenced investigations into the financial dealings of his ex-bosses, including ex-IGP Suleiman Abba.
Consequently, Ag IGP Ibrahim Idris has contracted two professional audit firms to undertake the audit of Police Investments and subsidiaries.
In the same vein, Chairman, Police Service Commission, PSC and former Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro, has assured the Acting IGP Ibrahim Idris, of the commission’s support, even as he urged Idris to maintain the existing relationship between the commission and the police in the interest of both parties and the nation.
Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah confirmed the development in a statement yesterday that IGP Idris disclosed the planned probe while addressing the Board and Management of Police Investments Bodies and subsidiaries, at the Police Headquarters Abuja last Wednesday.
Nigerian Pilot gathered authoritatively that the planned probe would expand to two past IGPs namely, ex-IGPs Suleiman Abba and Solomon Arase, and all members of the management police teams at those times.
DCP Awunah said the measure is in line with the Federal Government’s agenda to institutionalise fiscal discipline, transparency, probity and accountability in the management of public funds.
The statement stressed that the exercise is aimed at carrying out due diligence to ascertain the true financial position, assets and liabilities, challenges and recommendations on how to restructure and reposition this subsidiaries for effective and efficient services, profitability and return of investment to shareholders and Nigeria Police Community at large.
The Force spokesman quoted his principal as saying that, “fighting corruption at all levels is part of his vision for the Police, which is in tandem with the cardinal point of the present dispensation.
The statement said IGP Idris has appointed Messers Nsebot William & co and Gbenga Abimbola & Co to carry out the special assignment, which would be completed in six weeks and directed the board and management of the investment bodies and subsidiaries to corporate with the various auditing firms assigned to their respective outfit by allowing them access and other assistance to ensure a smooth and successful audit exercise.
DCP Awunah disclosed that the Police Investment bodies and subsidiaries to be audited include the NPF Pensions, NPF Mortgage Bank, NPF Corporative Ltd, NPF HMO, NPF Insurance, and the NPF Property Dev, Company.
This will be the first time a police IG will be probing his predecessors.
Acting IGP Idris took over from Arase on June 22, when the later retired from after attaining the statutory age of 35 in service.
Idris, during the takeover ceremony promised that the police under his watch will ensure that it join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari to fight corruption in all fronts, stressing that the Nigeria Police Force will henceforth, have as its main focus, integrity and accountability as its cardinal operational principles in all its actions, as well as be decisive on any of its personnel that deviate from its core values, stating that he will ensure that the rule of law prevails in the police action and activities.
He stated, “In our efforts to give a boost to the current administration’s war on corruption, the police management will strengthen the police x-squad units in the police commands with the deployment of thoroughly vetted, selfless and patriotic officers to tackle corruption and abuse of office within the police organization and amongst the federal, states and local government levies. The personnel deployed to this anti-corruption unit will be supported with incentives to make them more effective in the discharge of their duties.
A day after he assumed duty, the 19th indigenous IGP hinted that police officers from the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP to the IGP must declare their assets, when he paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rrd) in Abuja, noted that the reform is in line with Section 13 cap 15 Code of Conduct law.
The police chief said, “Every police officer from the rank of ASP to IGP who are commissioned officers must declare their assets. This would guide the conduct of police officers in carrying out their duties.
Okiro assures Ag IGP Idris support, urges him to order court orders
Chairman, Police Service Commission, PSC and former Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro, has assured the Acting IGP Ibrahim Idris, of the commission’s support, even as he urged Idris to maintain the existing relationship between the commission and the police in the interest of both parties and the nation.
Okiro also advised Idris to obey court orders since the police is not above the law.
Head, Press and Public Relations of the commission, Ikechukwu Ani, said in a statement yesterday that Okiro made the pledge when Idris led members of the Management Team of the Force on a courtesy visit to the commission.
He advised the team to avoid infighting and work for the common good of the police and the nation in general.
“Work like a team and I can assure you that the commission will give you all the required support to succeed. We have to work together to create the necessary impact since we all have roles to play in the internal security chain to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.
He called for the inclusion of the commission’s Act in the curriculum of the police colleges to enable the rank and file and some senior police officers to know much about it.
Earlier, Idris had solicited the support and cooperation of the commission,
He noted that both the police and the commission had distinct constitutional roles and responsibilities toward protecting lives and property and maintaining peace and order.
The IGP acknowledged the critical role of the commission in ensuring checks and balances in the work of the Nigeria Police Force.
He said he would continue to respect the commission adding that, for the police to progress, it needed the support and cooperation of the commission.