Senator accuses Police IG of illegally donating two SUVs to Aisha Buhari

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Isa Misau [Photo Credit: Concise News]

The lawmaker representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isa Misau, on Wednesday opened another can of worms when he accused the Inspector General of Police, IGP Idris Ibrahim of donating two Sports Utility Vehicles, SUVs to the First Lady, Aisha Buhari under yet unclear but alleged illegal circumstances.

The senator, who has been in the news lately after he accused the police boss of nepotism, tribalism, favouritism, cash for promotion and diversion of funds including involvement in amorous affairs with female junior officers was recently charged to court for defamation of character and peddling of falsehood by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF.

Mr. Misau, a former cop, who was also accused of deserting the police by the spokesperson of the force has however maintained that he was being victimised by the authorities for saying the truth.

A report published in the PUNCH newspapers, indicates that Mr. Misau made the latest round of allegations when he appeared before the Senate ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the allegations levelled by the lawmaker against the IGP.

Mr. Misau explained how the IGP reportedly gave Mrs. Buhari the two cars adding that the details of the donation were contained in the documents the police boss submitted to the court in the suit instituted against him by the AGF, Abubakar Malami, on behalf of the Federal Government.

“I still have some contract papers that the IG himself submitted to the court, where the First Lady through her aide-de-camp. ADC requested a Toyota Hiace and a Sienna jeep. The same day that the ADC wrote, the IG minuted that she should be given two cars. And it is not part of the appropriation. If you look at the appropriation, there is nowhere they said the First Lady should be given two jeeps.

“The letter came from the ADC to the wife of the President. The most unfortunate thing is that even in the letter, the ADC wrote that they wanted the vehicles for her ‘private engagements’. They wrote that they wanted Sienna and Hiace but the IG said they should be given two Sports Utility Vehicles. And he supplied the document to the court”, he said.

PREMIUM TIMES could not immediately, independently verify the allegations made by the lawmaker against the Mrs Buhari.

The Director of Information to the Wife of the President, Suleiman Haruna, had said ”he had no information on the matter at the time.”

Mr. Misau, while appearing before the lawmakers said the current acting Lagos commissioner of police, Edgal Imohimi, was posted to Lagos State, a reportedly ‘juicy slot,’ because he was a classmate to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. He did not however indicate if the governor pressurised Mr. Idris to post the commissioner of police there. He however alleged that ”appointments and positions are given to candidates who are not eligible”, by the IGP.

“There is a lot of favouritism in the promotion and appointment of commissioners of police. Deputy commissioners of police, DCP are given commissioner of police (positions) on acting capacity as against seniority and merit, thereby blocking eligible candidates.

“A recent example is the present CP Lagos, who is a junior DCP to two other DCPs, but was given acting CP and posted to Lagos. These acts of favouritism have eroded discipline in the force, which is the backbone of any successful organisation.

“The reason why they took him (Imohimi) to Lagos was because he is a friend to the Governor of Lagos State, because they were in school together and because they studied a course together.

“The IGP posted a commissioner of police who for the past 17 years has not worked or served in a police formation to take charge of a state. This officer, who was a former Police ADC (aide de camp) to the late former Governor (Diepreye) Alamiesiegha and also served under former President Goodluck Jonathan, is now the commissioner of police, Adamawa State.

He also accused the IGP of ”manipulating his retirement age.”

“The expected date of retirement of the IGP was fraudulently doctored on the Staff List of Senior Police Officers. I have a copy of the Staff List of when he became IG and I have another one of when he was an Assistant Commissioner of Police, which show that the dates are different.”

The lawmaker also accused Mr. Idris of awarding contracts worth over N2 billion to a ”Peugeot car dealer to acquire Toyota cars.”

“In the papers the IG submitted to the court, I saw one Kaura Motors. Kaura Motors deals in Peugeot cars but the same day they were given two contracts: one of them is N1.2 billion, the other one is about N1.5 billion, to supply Toyota vehicles. How can you give a contract to somebody who is a dealer in Peugeot to supply Toyota?”, he asked.

Not done yet, Mr. Misau reminded the committee of an earlier probe of the activities of the IG by the House of Representatives, which indicted the police boss for alleged diversion of funds meant for security vans in the 2016 budget for the security outfits.

”The IGP is alleged to have diverted the funds provided under the 2016 Appropriations Act for the acquisition of Armoured Personnel Carriers to purchase of luxury cars without virement; and that he essentially runs the police like a personal property by applying police resources and valuable assets to personal use by his children and close associates.”

He maintained his earlier allegation that the police under Mr. Idris’ leadership were being paid for security services to organisations and individuals.

“It is not a flat rate. Even here in the National Assembly, a lot of senators are paying police under the ‘SPU.’ Even in the National Assembly, when senators are travelling, they apply and they are told to pay (an officer) maybe N5,000 per day. People pay; it is an open secret”, he said.

The Senator also had flak for the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN who he accused of subtly abetting Mr. Idris’ alleged financial crimes in deploying police officers to banks and collecting payments.

He asked the lawmakers to request that the CBN furnish them with the statement of a “GL Account”, which, according to him, ”is meant for bank managers from where they draw money to run their branches.”

“You will see the kind of money they are paying every month (to the police) from that account. The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele around June and July of this year directed all commercial banks to give money to police in hundreds of millions – every commercial bank (from the account). That money runs into billions”, Mr. Misau said.

Efforts made to speak with Acting Director of Communication at CBN, Isaac Okoroafor, on this allegation were unsuccessful as he did not return calls.

Mr. Misau also gave an insight into the worsening feud that had erupted between the the duo in recent weeks. He explained that he had had a cordial relationship with the IGP even despite the allegations he (Misau) had made against the force, until he (Idris) started calling him a deserter.

“All of a sudden, for the IG to start saying that I am a deserter. He just took it personal because of incompetence, because he does not know how to handle the situation. I don’t have any issue with the IG”, he said.

Attempts to speak to the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, via phone calls as at the time of filing report were unsuccessful.


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  • Abdullah Musa

    So Aisha Buhari is the new ‘Mrs Integrity’?

  • Pluti

    This Nigeria needs a complete overhaul in key positions, professionalism is just absent in key positions

  • 123141

    Corruption right, left and centre, yet everyday this government feed munu Nigerians with how Jonathan and his people “stole Nigeria dry,” as if what is happening now is wet stealing. Poor Nigerians, it seems we fell from frying pan to fire.

  • thusspokez

    “I still have some contract papers that the IG himself submitted to the court, where the First Lady through her aide-de-camp. ADC requested a Toyota Hiace and a Sienna jeep. The same day that the ADC wrote, the IG minuted that she should be given two cars. And it is not part of the appropriation. If you look at the appropriation, there is nowhere they said the First Lady should be given two jeeps.

    It is now clear for everyone to see how northerners run government departments.

    (1) They turn it into a family business and fiefdom.
    (2) Appoint relatives and grossly unqualified people to high positions.
    (3) They jettisoning due process.
    (4) They undermine the Nigerian constitution and laws.

    Clearly they (i.e., northern components of this and previous governments) have failed to show any maturity in their style of management and administration. Indeed their management style is not only primitive but chaotic and anarchic. Is it any wonder that Nigeria feels worst off and two step backward after every northern leadership, post Gowon administration? This is not how you run a local government, let a lone a state, and let alone a country?

  • Taylor

    I like this Misau. So Mrs Aisha is not even a saint as earlier speculated after all! Wonders shall never end oo.

  • MilitaryPolice01

    I want to use this opportunity to call on all Nigerians to sincerely dedicate this weekend to pray for Premium Times and Senator Misau. These two entities by their bold and courageous exposures have proven to the world that this govt is a colossal failure built on lies, hypocrisy, nepotism and ethnic corruption. With a govt this wicked, it is important we pray for the few who have stood up to confront them, as these scoundrels can go to any extent to silence them. Nigerians may be helpless physically but not spiritually, let us call on God to deliver us from these diabolic scoundrels.

  • ACTION MAN in ACTION

    PMB government stinks! Corruption reigns! Nigeria sinks! My Go’s protect premium times and senator missus and all of us good people of Nigeria. May God give us power to vote and chase these stinkers sinking Nigeria everyday away come 2019.

  • FreeNigeria

    This is what happens when you have rejects running the country, no wonder crime is on the rise everywhere in Nigeria, bcos Buhari IG is number one criminal

  • Julius

    This same man was quiet when all that was going on. He suddenly found his moral compass when he got into trouble. This is rich in irony but me say wonderful !

  • JasV

    If I know Nigeria very well, Aisha Buhari may not even know that her name has been used to collect two SUV vehicles. As for this thief called Inspector General, I am not surprised because there is no way you could have become Inspector General without being one of the best thieves around in the force.

    • Gary

      True but my father told me to furiously fight back to defend myself and my honor if anyone dared to call me a thief or accuse me of a false charge.
      It’s up to Mrs Buhari to clear her name whether she requested the said vehicles as a gift from the IGP or for a specific project.

      And why she or her ADC chose to ask the IGP for vehicles when she has access to the vehicle fleet attached to the Presidency.

      Questioning Senator Misau’s motives is purely diversionary.