Senator Isah Misau has berated the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for allegedly collecting about N120billion annually as payment for special security services rendered by the police to corporate organisations and very important personalities.
He, however, added that over 50,000 personnel involved in such act had not been benefitting from the money.
Misau, who is a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, had also alleged that the special promotion of officers by the force was fraught with corruption, an allegation the IGP subsequently set a panel to investigate.
Speaking with Punch on Thursday evening, the senator said he would not honour the invitation of the IGP’s probe panel because the police could not be a judge in a case involving them.
He said the Department of State Services or the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission should be given the task of investigating his claims.
However, speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, the lawmaker, who denied the allegation by police authorities that he was on a vendetta against the force due to his dismissal from the service, alleged that posting of senior officers such as commissioners and mobile police commanders attracted between N10m and N15m bribe.
Based on available records, series of petitions and reports from insiders, the incumbent IGP has no capacity to run the police, just like the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro (retd.), a former IGP, who also lacks similar capacity going by the N300m scam and others hanging on his neck since 2011 during the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party, where he served as the head of the security committee.
Specifically, the IGP, on good authority from within the force, collects over N10bn on monthly basis as money for special security provided by men of the force to corporate bodies and highly placed individuals, including criminals, running to N120bn on a yearly basis without any reflection in the police’ annual budget or internally generated revenue.
Speaking further on why he would not honour the invitation by the IGP’s probe panel, Misau, in the telephone interview with PUNCH, stated, ”You cannot be the judge in your own case. If really their hands are clean, they should bring an independent body.
They brought the invitation (to me) because of fear. Under the Freedom of Information Act, they should make something like that public. It means they are not fair in what they are doing. If there is no corruption (in the process), they should make it public.
”They set up a panel led by one retired judge but the allegation is against them (police) and you cannot be the judge in your own case.”
The lawmaker alleged that although police were at the forefront of anti-corruption campaigns in developed countries, corruption had prevented Nigeria Police from leading the anti-graft war by the Buhari-led administration.topics from