…Says Misau’s allegations are baseless, untrue, outright falsehood
By Amos Dunia, Persecond News
Abuja – The Nigeria Police Force has said that at no time or date did the Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari directly or indirectly requested for vehicles for her use from Inspector General of Police.
Specifically, the Police High Command said there was no vehicle, whether Jeep or SUV that was ever given to Mrs Buhari for her personal use and therefore described the allegations by Senator Hamma Misau as outright falsehood, misleading, unfounded and a deliberate attempt to misinform the public as well as drag the name of the Wife of the President Mrs Buhari and that of the IGP Ibrahim K. Idris into controversy and disrepute.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, the Nigeria Police however explained that the Inspector General of Police is empowered by the 1999 Constitution as amended and the Police Act and Regulations, precisely Section 215 (1)(a&b) and (2) to allocate vehicles for operational use throughout the country.
Moshood further said; “The Nigeria Police Force shall be under the command of the Inspector General Police“ and the Deployment and Control of the entire Operations of the Force including allocation of Police vehicles for operational use throughout the country shall be under the purview of the IGP.
“It is within the powers of the Inspector General of Police as stated above that when on the 17th January, 2017, SP Sani M Baba–Inna, the ADC to the Wife of the President requested for two vehicles for Police Personnel in the convoy of the Wife of the President for convoy movement and security purposes.
“Two Police Vehicles (i) A Toyota Sienna Bus with Reg. No. NPF 2406D (ii) A Toyota Hiace Bus with Reg. No. NPF 3363D were approved by the Inspector General of Police to the ADC to the Wife of the President, SP Sani M Baba–Inna for the purposes requested and not to the person of the Wife of the President or for her personal use as alleged by Misau.”
The Police spokesman further said that all the allegations made by Senator Misau against the Inspector General of Police and the Wife of the President, of purchase of two Jeeps were done in bad faith to misinform and mislead the public thus urged Nigerians to discountenance and disregard the allegations.
On IGP’s retirement age, the Police spokesman described Misau’s allegations as ill-motivated, adding that for the avoidance of doubt, the Police Force Secretary Office wrote the Chairman of the Police Service Commission on January 18, 2017 drawing his attention to the observation on the current Staff list of Senior Police Officers whereby the date of birth of IGP Idris, was incorrectly stated as 3/01/1959 instead of the actual date of 15/01/1959.
According to Moshood; “All documents and records of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, has 15/01/1959 as his date of birth except the staff list of Senior Police Officers and this is the reason why the approval of the Honourable Chairman, Police Service Commission for correction of the error was sought in this regard.
“The difference of dates between 3/01/1959 and 15/01/1959 is just 12 days which is very insignificant in 35 years that a public servant can be in service. Attached is letter Ref No. CH.7080/FS/FHQ/ABJ/SUB.3/30 dated 18th January, 2017 written by the Force Secretary to the Honourable Chairman Police Service Commission on the subject matter for media ease of reference.
“Furthermore, the Public will note that Issa Hamma Misau deliberately refused to prove the allegations he previously levelled against the Inspector General of Police on the floor of the Senate for which he was invited by the Senate Ad-hoc Committee but instead brought up other falsehoods to distract the Committee and the members of the public.”
The Police spokesman assured that IGP Idris, will not be distracted or deterred by mischievous and misguided individual(s) from carrying out his statutory responsibilities for the benefit of the entire Police personnel and all Nigerians.