Idris to Arase: Return the 24 vehicles you took away *I don’t sell cars – ex-IG

By Editor on 18/07/2016

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It appears that former Inspector General of Police (IG) Solomon Arase, is headed for a clash with those he left behind, given the revelation by Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, that the former number one cop made away with a record 24 vehicles belonging to the police.

But in a quick riposte, Arase, dismissed the allegation, which also said that the seven Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs), who retired alongside him, also carted away between seven and eight cars each.

Idris stated that he had written Arase to return the cars, which included two official bullet-proof BMW 7 series cars, adding that the retired police chief and his DIGs had yet to return the vehicles.

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Idris told reporters about the development during a chat in Abuja on Sunday, also spoke of a special investigation team, which had also been raised to scrutinise the records of police vehicle purchases in the last three years as well as how they were distributed.

But Idris, explaining the steps he had taken, said, “If you look through the windows of my former office and from the report from my (Force) transport officer, you would see cars but a week to the day I would resume, all these cars disappeared.

“So, what I am telling you is that I have signed a directive to my SIP (I have a special investigation panel, I set it up). It is going to investigate all the vehicle purchases, contributions to the police and the distribution of those vehicles in the last three years; we are going to look into that.

“When I took over, there was no vehicle, even the vehicle I would use. I discovered the last IG went away with 24 vehicles; the DIGs, some of them eight, some of them seven. The IG’s vehicles included two BMW 7 series, one armoured; and he left me with an old car.

“The last time I followed the President with it, he was asking me, ‘what are you doing with this old car’ because if you see the headlight, the thing has changed colour, which means they parked it and rains and everything had fallen on it, but the new ones that were bought, he (Arase) went with all of them; they are part of the 24.

“I wrote back to him and said, we have a policy that says when a policeman retires, if you are an IG, AIG, a CP, you are entitled to some vehicles; please, the extra, return it. Four vehicles are enough for an average human being, but what will you even do with four vehicles; but he took 24 vehicles, including two BMW cars. I wrote to him (Arase), I wrote to the DIGs.”

But denying the allegation, Arase, who said he never left with any vehicle, dismissed it as a “malicious propaganda.”

His words: “What am I going to do with 24 cars? Do I want to open a car shop? This is a malicious accusation. There are ways of verifying issues rather than engaging in media propaganda.”

Idris also spoke on other areas, including a probe in the last promotion exercise carried out in the force to be carried out by the Police Management Team (PMT), as it had attracted a lot of complaints, most of which was that junior police officers were promoted above their former superiors in order to remove any form of problem that could arise from bad blood within its personnel.

He said the he would increase the capacity of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), by retraining and re-equipment to curb high-level crimes, particularly kidnapping and armed robbery.

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Posted on July, 18 2016

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