The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has been accused of extorting money, ranging from N10m to N15m, from Commissioners of Police, State Mobile Commanders and Special Protection Units (SPU) Commanders, for favourable postings.
IGP Idris also alegedly makes N10bn monthly from oil companies and other private individuals who enjoy special protection from the security agency.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Isah Hamma Misau, made these revelations on Friday, while addressing National Assembly Correspondents.
Misau said the level of corruption being perpetrated by the current Inspector-General of Police and the Chairman, Police Service Commission, IGP Mike Okiro (Rtd.), was so alarming and capable of undermining the anti-corruption stance of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“While the Police Service Commission could not deny the bribery allegation, information reaching me indicate that, even transfers of Commissioners of Police, State Mobile Commanders and SPU Commanders are also alegedly riddled in corruption.
“Some Commissioners of Police and State Mobile Commanders pay between N10m to N15m to get postings.
“There is also the allegation that more than 50,000 policemen are attached to oil companies, banks and private individuals with payments made to the Police authorities.
“These people pay as much as N10bn monthly. They are however unaccounted for”, Senator Misau stated.
He said, “Policemen are being attached to criminals who now go around blaring siren while doing all sorts of dubious activities”.
The Senator gave an instance where, one Obinna, a son of Senator Ifeanyi Ararume moves around with avalanche of Police extorts.
He alleged that Obinna was involved in road accident at Gana street, Maitama in Abuja last week, and had to descend on the victim whom he had accident with, under the supervision of the police attaché.
Senator Misau also accused IGP of posting a non experienced Commissioner of Police to be in charge of the war ravaged Adamawa Command.
He averred that, aside been an aide-de-camp (ADC) to the late former Governor Alamiesiegha and former President Goodluck Jonathan, the Adamawa CP, Moses Jituboh had not had any professional experience since the last 17 years.
He said, “foisting such officers without operational experience has been a major setback to the current administration’s fight against the Boko Haram insurgency”.
The lawmaker also frowned at the aleged diversion of funds provided under the 2016 Appropriation Act for the acquisition of Armoured Personnel Carriers, to purchase of luxury cars by IGP Idris.
He said the motion to that effect was brought before the House of Representatives but was alegedly killed.
Misau vowed that, at the resumption of the Senate next month, the motion would be brough to the fore, boasting that no one would kill it at the Senate.
Aside the allegation that the IGP was “pursuing nepotism in favour of his Nupe officers and men”, Senator Misau also accused the Police Boss of running the organisation “like his personal property”.
He said the IGP created frivolous units and departments, like IG Monitoring Unit, IG Special investigation unit and others under his office, thereby, making the office of the DIG (Investigation) moribund and rendering the Officers attached therein redundant.
Misau lambasted the IGP and the Police Service Commission, for alegedly engaging in promotion racketeering and offering special promotions to undeserving officers, leaving combatants officers to wallow in low ranks.
He said he had written to the Police Service Commission, requesting that all the Special Promotions from 2009 be forwarded to him for a look, but the commission kept on calling him for a private discussion which he said was an attempt to make him forget about it.
While reacting to the allegation from the Police Authority that he was abruptly dismissed from the Force, Senator Misau debunked the claims.
The lawmaker who tendered his resignation letter to the press, said he honourably retired from the Police Force to contest election to represent Bauchi Central at the Senate, stressing that he would not have won his election if he had bad records with the Police.