A Former Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has been asked to answer for about N250 million unapproved contracts as well as unremitted revenue at the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State, in 2018 when he was in charge of the Nigeria Police Force.
Idris served as the Inspector General between June 2016 and January 2019, and he is being asked to account for financial misappropriations at the police academy.
This query was contained in the annual report of the Auditor-General of the Federation for 2018, a copy of which was obtained by SaharaReporters.
The report alleged non-remittance of revenue, awards of unauthorised contracts as well as other financial infractions.
The audit report says, “Issue one; Non-remittance of Internally Generated Revenue; N46,457,934.92; Audit observed in the financial year 2017 that, out ofN56,740,802.87 being Internally Generated Revenue to the Federal Government, the sum of N46,457,934.92 was not remitted. The funds were received in cash and the Academy was not on the Treasury Single Account (TSA) system at the time. This indicates weaknesses in internal controls operated by the management of Police Academy, Wudil.
“The Inspector-General of Police is required to remit the sum of N46,457,934.92 being the unremitted Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) maintained in the Central Bank of Nigeria. Sanctions in line with FR3112 (i) and (ii) should apply.
“Also, unauthorised variation of contracts – N204,342,446.77; Audit observed that the contract sum of N84,145,095.24 for the construction of a 90m by 90m new parade ground was awarded and paid for in 2012 by the defunct Ministry of Police Affairs. Approval was given by the commandant without recourse to the Ministry. In 2013, the then Commandant modified the expansion of the construction to 120m by 120m square at an additional cost of N70,200,885.56 without any further tendering process, bringing the total cost to N154,345,980.80.
“Furthermore, the project was abandoned, the stage of work and the details of payment made before abandonment was not disclosed. A second variation cost for the review of the layer thickness was put at N49,950,125.65 thus bringing the final total contract sum to N204,942,446.22.
“The Inspector-General of Police is required to account for and justify the payment of the sum of N35,000,000 and to substantiate the genuineness of contract, failing which sanctions in line with FR3106 should apply.
“The Inspector-General of Police is required to provide evidence (Circular and signed agreement) to support the genuineness of the payment, or otherwise recover the sum of N15, 650,067.85.”
Kyari appears before panel, mounts defence against Hushpuppi’s allegations indictment
The suspended former Head of the Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, has appeared before the Special Investigation Panel, headed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Joseph Egbunike.
Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, presented his defence to the SIP at the Force headquarters,Abuja, on Tuesday.
PUNCH Newspper gathered that the SIP ended the session around 8pm.
A source said, “The panel started sitting since Monday. Kyari appeared before the panel members today (Tuesday) during which he presented his defence to the indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the SIP members. The panel would take it from there.”
Kyari is under investigation for involvement in a $1.1m Internet fraud allegedly perpetrated by Instagram influencer, Abbas Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi, and five others.
The FBI had claimed that Kyari detained one Kelly Chibuzor at the behest of Hushpuppi for one month to enable the latter and his co-conspirators fleece their Qatari victim of over $1m.
The agency also said Hushpuppi paid $20,600 to two bank accounts allegedly provided by the former IRT commander in January 20, 2020.
Kyari has denied wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, the new Head of the Intelligence Response Team, Tunji Disu, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, resumed at the Guzape, Abuja headquarters of the unit on Tuesday.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, approved the posting of Disu as the unit head on Monday following the police management’s decision to fill the leadership gap within the IRT caused by Kyari’s removal on Sunday.
An operative informed our correspondent that Disu breezed into the IRT headquarters on Tuesday and later left for an undisclosed location after spending some minutes.
Video Of Soldiers Accompanying Children To School In North-Eastern Nigeria
Following the worsening insecurity in the nation and the incessant abduction of school students by bandits, a troop of soldiers were filmed accompanying children to school in North-Eastern Nigeria.
School children have become targets of bandits, with many kids still in the custody of kidnappers after they were taken from their schools.
With the increase in abduction of students, some states ordered for secondary schools to be shut down momentarily.
To protect students, Nigeria’s military has built posts close to some schools, yet, some schools still remain unguarded.
A recent video from the region shows soldiers accompanying kids to school to ensure they get there safely.
15-Year-Old Boy Exposes Hotel Where ESN Members Plan Attacks, 7 Ladies Arrested
The Imo State Police Command on Monday, said a 15-year-old boy, Emmanuel Nnaji, a native of Awala in Ideato South Local Government Area of Imo State, was the one who led the police tactical team to a hotel in Orlu Local Government, from where attacks were planned and executed in Omuma, Oru East Local Government and Njaba Police station in the State.
The Imo State Police Commissioner, Abutu Yaro, said this in Owerri while parading over twenty suspected members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, who were arrested from the said hotel in Orlu. In addition, Yaro said seven females were among those arrested.
It was said that the hotel was where a victim was beheaded by the suspects and the head placed along the road. Also, the ESN members were arrested with Army camouflage uniforms, arms and ammunition.
The police said part of their discovery was that the owner of the said hotel accommodated and gave financial support to the ESN members as a base from where they launched attacks in the State.
According to the Police, “Sequel to the recent attack on Omuma Police station and Njaba Police Station respectively, where the bandits were swiftly repelled by the ever-alert tactical teams of Imo State Police Command and the unfortunate loss of a Divisional Police Officer and the arrest of one of the bandits Emmanuel Nnaji ‘M’ age 15 years, a native of Awala in Ideato South LGA of Imo State with bullet wounds and brought to the station.
“On interrogation by the command’s tactical teams, the suspect gave a vivid description of a Hotel located in Orlu as were they, the bandits stayed, planned before they executed their dastardly act on the police stations.
“The owner of the Hotel has been accommodating and assisting them financially. He then volunteered and led security forces to the location of the hotel. On arrival, the hotel and house were cordoned and searched exhibits were recovered from the arrested twenty-six suspects including seven females in the hotel they incudes.
“It is on good record that, it was in the same hotel that the head of a young man was severed and placed on the road close to the hotel premises. Presently, the investigation is ongoing and the suspects are undergoing interrogation.”
However, the Police said it “Recalled that, in the same Orlu, some months ago during the peak of IPOB/ ESN attacks and killing of Police officers including innocent citizens and burning of Police stations in the state.
“That, the command’s tactical teams and Special forces, after a diligent gathering of technical intelligence, arrested one Boniface Okeke ‘Male’ age 57 years from Obor Autonomous Community in Orlu LGA of Imo State in connection with terrorism and attacks on security agencies and private individuals where several Police stations were burnt down and police officers killed in numbers.”
“On interrogation, he confessed of being a facilitator and financer of IPOB/ ESN Operation in the state to the tune of ten million Naira ( #10,000,000 ) while he was outside the country. He assisted the police in the arrest of some of their members and decimation of their Camps in the state.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Abutu Yaro, FDC, while commending the good people of Orlu and Imo State in general, pleaded for calm as security agencies are doing everything humanly possible to sustain the already improved peace in the state,” Police said.
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