Senator Hamman Misau, representing Bauchi Central, has accused the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, of collecting about N120 billion as bill for special security services.
Misau said such unreasonably exorbitant security services are being rendered to corporate bodies, such as oil firms, and highly placed individuals on yearly basis across the country and condemned what he called “series of fraudulent practices in the running of the Nigerian Police.”
Addressing a press conference at the National Assembly yesterday, Misau, a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), in a reaction to an allegation made against him by the Police on Thursday that he was on a vendetta against the Force, having been unceremoniously dismissed for unscrupulous activities.
He alleged further that postings of officers in the Force as state Police Commissioners (CPs) or Mobile Commanders are largely influenced by bribes.Misau alleged further: “The Police, under IGP Idris Ibrahim, is a cesspool of corruption, nepotism, indiscipline, favouritism,” adding that the Police is now at the lowest level of morale, which must not be allowed to continue in the interest of the ongoing anti-corruption war and urgent need to stem the tide of increasing rate of crime and criminality in the country.”
Misau alleged that postings of officers in the Force as State Police Commissioners (CPs) or Mobile Commanders are done on the basis of N10million to N15million bribe payment.
He stated: “The incumbent IGP, based on available records and series of petitions and reports from insiders, has no capacity to run the Police, just like the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Mr. IGP Mike Okiro, who also lacks similar capacity, going by N300million scam and others hanging on his neck since the 2011 during the presidential primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where he served as the head of the security committee.
“Specifically, the IGP, on good authority from within the force, collects over N10billion 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 N120billion on year basis without any reflection in Police annual budgets or internally generated revenue.”
Misau averred that such posting has not in anyway helped the Police in its war against crime and criminality in the country, leading to over-sensationalisation, as witnessed in the case of Evans, the billionaire kidnapper who was arrested through a tip off by an escapee. “Police is not a political outfit and should not be allowed to be turned into it by IGP Idris,” Misau said.
“On nepotism, he said the IGP is scoring high mark by making almost half of the mobile commanders in the country people of his Nupe extraction, and on favouritism, appointing Moses Jitoboh, an officer he alleged had been out of field of operational service to that of political service for close to 20 years, as Adamawa State Commissioners of Police.
He debunked the allegation made by Police Force Headquarters on Thursday by its spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, that he (Misau) was unceremoniously dismissed for misdeeds.
He displayed the letter with which his retirement from the Force was effected by the PSC, dated March 5, 2014 and signed by one Mrs. Garos Logams on behalf of the then Permanent Secretary/Secretary to the Commission, which reads in part: “I wish to inform you that the Commission has approved your retirement from the service of the Nigeria Police Force with effect from December 1, 2010 after 10 years of meritorious service.”Your dedication and meritorious service to the nation is highly appreciated by the commission…”