Arase: My Successor Is a Liar, I did Not Cart away 24 Police Vehicles
The immediate past Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, yesterday insisted that allegation that he carted away 24 vehicles while leaving the office was totally false.
Arase, who said he is presently outside the country, said he was surprised to hear and read of such allegations in the paper when his successor, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, can easily reach him on phone for clarification.
He said: “I’m presently abroad, all that my successor said were false. I will address all the issues when I return. Thank you.”
The Acting Inspector General (IG), on Sunday while addressing select group of reporters in Abuja, said Arase went away with 24 police vehicles while the 7 Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs), who retired with also took away some vehicles.
Idris in the interactive session, said he had constituted a special investigative panel to look into the purchase and records of all vehicles bought in the last few years.
As part of ongoing effort to probe the activities of the former IG, Idris, in a press statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP, Donald Awunah ordered all the subsidiaries and companies being managed by the Police to be audited within six weeks.
The auditing firms of Nsebot William and Gbenga Abimbola were given the task to execute within six weeks from Sunday.
The subsidiaries and companies of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) include its pension scheme, the mortgage bank, its cooperative arm and its HMO scheme. The others are the NPF Insurance and its property development company.
The Police boss directed the board and management of the investment bodies and subsidiaries to cooperate with the auditing firms assigned to their respective outfit by allowing them access and other assistance to ensure smooth and successful exercise.