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Reps may arrest IGP over diversion of N1.2bn for armoured cars

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
Members of the Federal House of Representatives have threatened to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of the Inspector General of Police (I-G), Ibrahim Idris if he fails to appear before its Committee on Police Affairs on January 19.
This followed the adoption of a motion moved by Gabriel Onyenwife who condemned the continuous refusal of the I-G to honour invitations of the Committee.
The Committee is investigating alleged violation of the 2016 Appropriation Act by the Nigerian Police Force.
Moving the motion, Onyenwife noted that the I-G had failed to appear before the Committee to explain why the force  diverted  N1.2 billion  approved for the purchase of 10 armoured personnel carriers.
He said that instead of using the approved sum to purchase the said carriers, the money was rather used for the purchase of 64 Toyota Hiace Commuter vehicles, without the approval of the National Assembly.
He also said that N6billion was appropriated in the same act for rehabilitation of 102 police stations nationwide, but the amount was diverted for other uses.
“These infractions of the Appropriation Act 2016, the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007, and the Public Procurement Act 2007, are just two of the several infractions committed by the Nigeria Police Force in the course of implementation of the budget,’’ Onyenwife said.
According to him, the Committee on Police Affairs invited the I-G on Dec. 6, 2016 and Dec. 13, 2016 in his capacity as the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Force to explain or justify these perceived infractions.
“But he failed or refused to honour the invitations or justify his failure or refusal to attend.’’ Onyenwife stated.
The House, therefore, resolved to summon the I-G to appear before the Committee unfailing on Thursday Jan. 19. 2017, to justify the said infractions of the Appropriation Act 2016.

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