FORMER Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav has advised the acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to quietly investigate the shortcomings and irregularities of his predecessor, Solomon Arase, before going to press to uphold the much cherished esprit de corps in the Nigeria Police. It would be recalled that the media was recently awash with news of the probe of the immediate past IGP over 24 missing police vehicles. However, Tsav who spoke in a signed press statement made available to Nigerian Pilot in Makurdi at the weekend, said even though he was not in any way defending or holding brief for the former IGP whom he said did his best and might be rated as the best IGP, but going to the press without substantiating the allegations against him was tantamount to putting the cart before the horse. He said: “It is wise to probe acts of irregularities bordering on dishonesty, corruption and administrative injustice but it is wrong to create an impression that one has a grouse to settle with his predecessor in office. “Let us not introduce hate and discrimination in the police. This will put the last nail on the coffin of the force.” He said Arase’s denial of removing 24 vehicles from the police workshop had confirmed the impression that most police officers were false news carriers, wondering whether the 24 vehicles drove themselves out of the workshop. The retired police commissioner urged the IGP to concentrate his intelligence more on transport officers to know the truth about the alleged missing vehicles, even as he wondered whether the said vehicles were not included in the handing over notes or on police inventory. He observed that the new IGP might be aggrieved over the promotion of his juniors over him and might want to take his pound of flesh, as he said he had to be CP for five years, and urged him not to hold Arase responsible for that. “I think IGP Idris should delayed promotion, because if he was promoted then, he would not have been IGP now. Some of us suffered the same injustice but we give glory to God for His mercy. “I want to advise the IGP to carry out his investigations quietly and without malice or ill-will, and face the task of repositioning the police where Mr Arase left it,” Tsav further advised
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