Confirmed: Former IG of police carted away many police vehicles

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered an investigation into how vehicles were bought and distributed by his predecessors.

The probe is informed by the discovery that retiring police officers appropriate police cars for their personal use.

The Special Investigation Panel, SIP, at the force headquarters in Abuja has also recovered 19 police cars from former IG, Solomon Arase.

Some of the cars include assorted sedans, Sports Utility Vehicles and pick-up vans.

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The vehicles were apart from the four cars he was entitled to take away with him on retirement.

A senior police officer told our correspondents that SIP is yet to recover five additional vehicles from Arase.

SIP, headed by Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ali Amodu, (retd.), has also recovered a number of police vehicles from other retired DIGs.

The recovered cars were said to have been distributed to newly promoted Commissioners of Police and AIGs.

According to the police source, “We are making progress in our investigations.

“We were able to trace 24 carss to the former IG and we have recovered 19 already.

“He has yet to release the remaining five, but we won’t let up until we recover all the cars.

“We have pictures of the cars and they have been documented, so he can’t deny it, the recovery is a fact.”

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Recall that the former IG denied taking away 24 vehicles when his successor, Idris, made the allegation.

The former IG had also stated that the cars being sought for were in several mechanic shops undergoing maintenance.

Idris had alleged that the seven DIGs, who retired alongside Arase, also carted away between seven and eight cars each.

He said, “What am I going to do with 24 cars? Do I want to open a car shop? This is a malicious accusation.”