Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Isah Misau (APC, Bauchi) has alleged massive corruption and favouritism against the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, saying among others that he extorts sums ranging from N10m to N15m, for favourable postings for Commissioners of Police, State Mobile Commanders and Special Protection Units (SPU) Commanders.
Misau also accused Idris of making N10 billion monthly from oil companies and other private individuals who enjoy special protection from the security agency.
Senator Misau made these weighty allegations against the police boss in an address to journalists covering the National Assembly on Friday.
He described the level of corruption being perpetrated by Idris and the Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), Mr. Mike Okiro (Rtd.), as “so alarming and capable of undermining the anti-corruption stance of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
Misau said: “While the Police Service Commission could not deny the bribery allegation, information reaching me indicate that, even transfers of Commissioners of Police, State Mobile Commanders and SPU Commanders are also alegedly riddled in corruption.
“Some Commissioners of Police and State Mobile Commanders pay between N10m to N15m to get postings. There is also the allegation that more than 50,000 policemen are attached to oil companies, banks and private individuals with payments made to the Police authorities.
“These people pay as much as N10bn monthly. They are however unaccounted for. Policemen are being attached to criminals who now go around blaring siren while doing all sorts of dubious activities”.
Citing an example of a chieftain of the APC from Imo State, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume whose son, Obinna allegedly moves around with police extorts, Senator Misau stated that “Obinna was involved in road accident at Gana street, Maitama in Abuja last week, and had to descend on the victim whom he had accident with, under the supervision of the police attaché.”
The senator also accussed the IGP of posting inexperienced officers as commissioners of police, citing the case of Adamawa State: “Aside been an aide-de-camp (ADC) to the late former Governor Alamieyesiegha and former President Goodluck Jonathan, the Adamawa CP, Moses Jitoboh had not had any professional experience since the last 17 years.
“Foisting such officers without operational experience has been a major setback to the current administration’s fight against the Boko Haram insurgency”.
The lawmaker also spoke on an alleged diversion of funds provided under the 2016 Appropriation Act for the acquisition of Armoured Personnel Carriers, to purchase of luxury cars by IGP Idris.
According to him, a motion on the issue was presented before the House of Representatives but was allegedly killed, vowing that at the resumption of the Senate next month, the matter would be brought to the fore and boasted that no one would kill it at the Senate.
He said further: “The IGP created frivolous units and departments, like IG Monitoring Unit, IG Special investigation unit and others under his office, thereby, making the office of the DIG (Investigation) moribund and rendering the Officers attached therein redundant.
“He engaged in promotion racketeering and offering special promotions to undeserving officers, leaving combatants officers to wallow in low ranks.”