Reps probe: Po­lice present forms by ‘dead’ of­fi­cer

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The Nige­ria Po­lice Force yes­ter­day pre­sented some doc­u­ments to a House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Com­mit­tee pur­port­edly signed by a ‘dead po­lice­man’.

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee (PAC) is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the where­abouts of some rif­fles miss­ing from the po­lice ar­moury and N1.9 mil­lion cash ex­hibits.

The rif­fles and the cash ex­hibits were said to have gone miss­ing be­tween 2010 and 2013. Con­se­quently, the of­fice of the Au­di­tor Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion raised sev­eral queries on the is­sue.

The com­mit­tee, chaired by Kings­ley Chinda (PDP, Rivers) had late last year ques­tioned the IGP over four pis­tols and the cash ex­hibits and de­manded full doc­u­ments on the in­ci­dent. The po­lice had said the of­fi­cer in­volved has died.

At the re­sump­tion of sit­ting on the mat­ter yes­ter­day in Abuja, the com­mit­tee told the Direc­tor of Fi­nance of the Nige­ria Po­lice, Aliyu Oba, who rep­re­sented the IGP that the doc­u­ments sup­plied were in­com­plete.

The po­lice said in its doc­u­ment to the panel that the of­fi­cer in charge had re­funded the ex­hibit cash and had also filled the forms the law­mak­ers asked from the po­lice.

But the law­mak­ers asked if the new of­fi­cer that took over from the ‘dead po­lice­man’ had vis­ited the grave­yard of the late of­fi­cer to get the cash.

Re­spond­ing, Oba said: “I thought the bot­tom line is that the money was re­turned. I want to plead for un­der­stand­ing so that I can with­draw the first set of forms and do a ti­dier job in the next hear­ing.”

“Most of the in­for­ma­tion sup­plied the sec­re­tar­iat were not in order and there’s a need for you to li­aise with the Sec­re­tar­iat and make rel­e­vant cor­rec­tions,” the com­mit­tee chair­man, Chinda said.

He later ruled that the Nige­ria Po­lice led by the IGP must pro­duce all ev­i­dence on the mat­ter next one week.

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