News :- IGP In Fresh Trouble Over Query To Officer Who Busted Fraud Cases, Rejected 39m Bribe

IGP in fresh trouble over query to Police
officer who busted fraud cases and rejected
N39million bribe
By Taiwo Adisa And Jacob Segun Olatunji
– Abuja
The Inspector General of Police (IGP),
Ibrahim Idris, appears to have landed in
fresh crisis, following the revelations
already made against him at a sitting of
the Senate ad hoc committee
investigating allegations raised by
Senator Hamman Misau.

The IGP is scheduled to appear before the
committee this week, but investigations
by the Sunday Tribune indicate that the
committee and some anti-graft agencies
are already in possession of some
documents linking the top cop with
alleged mismanagement of some high-
profile fraud cases, especially the one
leading to the sudden transfer of a
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP)
AbdukyariLafia from the Force
Intelligence Bureau (FIB) to the Police
Academy, Kano.

The said Abdukyari was said to have
busted a number of crime cases as the
head of the intelligence bureau,
including a $1 million fraud case over
which he was said to have rejected a
$100,000 bribe offer and also busted
another N2.4 billion fraud case in
Akwa-Ibom, said to be linked to some
top politicians.

The DCP’s sudden transfer from the FIB
to the Police Academy, Kano and the
refusal of the IGP to release him to the
Special
Investigation Panel (SIP) on the Recovery
of Public Property, which made the
request through a letter by its chairman,
Mr. OkoiObno-Obla in September, were
said to have opened a flurry of inquests
into the IGP’s handling of the Abdukyari
matter.

On September 20, a businessman, Mr.

Austin Ugochukwu Albert, who was
defrauded of $1m, addressed a press
conference in Abuja, where he alleged
that the IGP summarily withdrew his
case which he said was being diligently
handled by Abdukyari at FIB and
transferred it to the IGP Monitoring
Unit.

He said that the within weeks of the FIB
intervention in the case, the suspects
were arrested and a court order
obtained to have them detained until
investigation was concluded.

He claimed that the then head of FIB,
Abdukyari, in the course of the
investigation was offered $100,000
bribed by the suspect, but rejected it
and went ahead to arrest the said
suspect. He also said Abdukyari
recovered the sum of $20,000 meant to
be part payment for the bribe.

Albert at the briefing said he was
surprised to see that at that stage the IGP
ordered a takeover of the case by the
Monitoring Unit, while the head of FIB
was transferred.

He also stated that the case has now been
muddled up and his hope of getting
justice far remote.

However, the Police High Command has
dismissed all the claims of the DCP. Force
Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Moshood
Jimoh told the Sunday Tribune in Abuja
that DCP “is currently being investigated
over the exhibit money under his custody
and which he must account for in the
interest of justice and fair play to the
owner of the money and the image of the
Nigeria Police Force.”

The FPRO, said that the matter over the
allegation he was now raising had even
been taken to court which had been
struck out including the petition written
by the counsel of the owner of the
missing exhibit money.

On the transfer of the officer to the
Police Academy, the FPRO said that
posting and re-posting of personnel in
the police is a routine exercise for
optimum performance. He further stated
that it would also appear that the police
was covering one of their own of the
officer was not moved out while the
investigation was in progress.

The Force PPRO Jimoh had also on
September 19 addressed the media on
September 19, at which he explained that
Abdukyari was transferred from the FIB
because of an ongoing investigation into
a $20,000 exhibit which the DCP could
not account for.

Investigations revealed that the IGP has
since issued a query to DCP Abdukyari
for allegedly causing him embarrassment
over the $1million probe.

It was gathered at the weekend that
some anti-corruption agencies and the
National Assembly already have the
details of some of the memos going back
and forth between the Police Academy,
Kano and the IGP over the Abdukyari
matter.

One of the memos in the system
contained a detailed account of what
transpired between the IGP and
Abdukyari in respect of the investigation
into a N2.4 billion fraud case involving
certain personalities in Akwa Ibom State.
The memo written by Abdukyari to the
IGP through the Commandant, Nigerian
Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State read
in part:

“The correct position of the facts of the
case which the Force Public Relation’s
Department seeks to distort is that, A
Case of Corrupt Practices, Fraudulent
Diversion and Misappropriation of Funds
to the tune of two billion four hundred
million naira (N2,400,000,000) by some
past and present serving government
officials of Akwa lbom State, was
reported to the bureau by a whistle
blower and was successfully investigated,
the funds frozen and the suspects
rounded up where they confessed to the
crime and admitted using companies and
proxies to conceal their criminality.

“It was during the pendency of the case
at the FIB, under my supervision that one
Alhaji Ibrahim, a close associate of yours,
negotiated with a certain lady, without
my knowledge or the knowledge of the
Bureau for the bail of the suspects for a
sum of 100,000 Dollars and was given a
part payment of $40, 000 Dollars which
he claimed to have given to me. On the
weight of this information, l promptly
ordered for the arrest of the said Alhaji
Ibrahim who was known in some circles
as not only your close associate but also
as your ‘brother’.

In the course of the investigation, he
confessed committing the crime to the
operatives of the FIB, who subsequently
recovered the sum of twenty thousand
Dollars ($20, 000) out of the forty
thousand Dollars($40, 000) given to him
by the lady to bribe me.

He further claimed to have given the
other twenty thousand dollars ($20, 000)
to one Alhaji Awwalu, who procured his
services to be a go between in offering
the bribe. In my insistence to get to the
bottom of the case, I instructed the IPO
to invite the lady to the station to enable
operatives to obtain her statement for
subsequent arraignment of the two
suspects in a court of competent
jurisdiction for the offences of criminal
conspiracy to wit: offering gratification
to a public officer in the lawful
prosecution of his duty.

“This asserted so much pressure ‘on
Alhaji Ibrahim who ran to you for
protection if you may recall sir, on one
fateful day in April 2017, you ordered
Emmanuel Umar to summon me to your
office. On getting to your office sir, I met
Alhaji Ibrahim, one of your media
consultants whose name I cannot readily
remember now and Emmanuel Umar,
where you instructed that l relay in his
presence his role in the bribery scandal
which I did to the hearing of the people
present,” he stated.

Immediately I concluded, Alhaji Ibrahim
responded and pleaded that he be
forgiven. After so much pressure, from
him and the other people present you
forgave him and subsequently ordered
that l suspend the investigation since you
have forgiven him.

At this point, he excused us where, as
the chief of criminal intelligence, I, with
respect, advised that you should not allow
persons with questionable character
associate with you or your office due to
the sensitive nature of the office of the
Inspector General of Police. Whatever
role your monitoring unit played under
your watch in sweeping the Akwa lbom
State corruption case under the carpet
will be known to the world if another
anti-corruption agency independent of
police control takes a second look at that
case.

“Consequent upon this one Jika started
mounting intense pressure on me to
release the exhibit money to him,
claiming that he is acting on behalf of the
suspects (in the case of offering
gratification to a public servant in the
lawful prosecution of his duties).

“l explained to Jika that the offence is not
that which is compoundable by the police
but at any rate, I will need to clear from
you to enable me act. “The same Jika
revisited the issue of the release of the
exhibit when he came to my office on
the 8th of September 2017 which
coincided with the date the one million
dollars case was transferred and l was
removed contrary to the claim by CSP
Moshood Jimoh that l was removed
because of the exhibit of the sum of
twenty thousand dollars in a case already
settled by the Attorney-General is untrue.

“The twenty thousand Dollars ($20,000)
in question was the money offered to me
as bribe which I recovered and registered
as exhibit. It is this money that the IGP
wants me to return the suspects who are
close associates of yours Sir, thus
effectively destroying the rest of the
case.

“In view of the foregoing, l sought
clearance from you in writing to release
the exhibit to Jika which you declined in
writing, which as a seasoned Police
Officer, felt that it was the right thing
not to oblige such request albeit to
mention here that the money in question
is proceed of crime and the law is trite in
this instant case that proceeds of bribe
are never returned to the offerer of the
bribe.

“The Police are not under the law
bestowed with the powers to release the
money to the suspect under whatever
guise. Proceeds of bribe are usually paid
to government coffers except if the case
falls flat before a competent court of trial.

“On the issue of competency (sic),
professionalism, and incorruptibility, l
make bold to say with due respect to you
sir that my track records speak for itself.

For instance in the Two Billion Four
Hundred and Thirteen Million Naira
(N2,413,000,000) Akwa‘ lbom fraud case,
I rejected an offer of bribe of the sum of
Three Hundred Million Naira
(N300,000,000), Hundred Thousand
Dollars ($100,000) and unspecified
amount of dollars by a top politician in
the state.

“I also turned down an offer of ten
million Naira (10,000,000) bribe in a case
of unlawful possession of prohibited
firearms where operatives from the Force
Intelligence Bureau (FIB), under my
command recovered seven magnum guns.

This singular feat earned me and the
FCIlD commendation by the former
president of Nigeria Gen. Olusegun
Obasanjo who placed a call through
Retired DIG Akanu and commended my
professionalism and that of the FCIlD.
“This display of discipline,

professionalism and incorruptibility by
me culminated in your directives to DIG
Hycent Dagala to recommend me for a
special promotion from the rank of
Deputy Commissioner of Police to the
prestigious rank of the Commissioner of
Police which you approved and
forwarded to the Police Service
Commission for consideration. A
recommendation which you later
withdrew for reasons best known to
you.”
Tribuneonlineng

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