Allegation and counter-allegations of corruption are flying about in Nigeria’s security quarters.

A former police officer, who is now a Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isah Misau, has accused Nigeria’s police boss, the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Ibarahim Idris, of illegally pocketing a whopping 120 billion Naira every year.

Misau alleges that Idris collects the amount every year as payment for special security services rendered by the police to corporate organisations and very important personalities, VIPs.

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Misau also added that over 50,000 police personnel involved in such act had not been benefitting from the money.

Misau, who is himself a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, also alleged that the special promotion of officers by the force was fraught with corruption, an allegation the IGP subsequently set a panel to investigate.

But in a telephone interview with a Punch correspondent on Thursday evening, the senator said he would not honour the invitation of the IGP’s probe panel because the police could not be a judge in a case involving them.

He said the Department of State Services or the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission should be given the task of investigating his claims.

He maintained his stand that Idris collected these monies and pocket them and that posting of senior officers such as commissioners and mobile police commanders attracted between 10 million and 15 million bribes.

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“Based on available records, series of petitions and reports from insiders, the incumbent IGP has no capacity to run the police, just like the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro (retd.), a former IGP, who also lacks similar capacity going by the 300 million Naira scam and others hanging on his neck since 2011 during the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party, where he served as the head of the security committee.

“Specifically, the IGP, on good authority from within the force, collects over 10 billion Naira on monthly basis as money for special security provided by men of the force to corporate bodies and highly placed individuals, including criminals, running to 120 billion Naira on a yearly basis without any reflection in the police’ annual budget or internally generated revenue,” Misau alleges.

This is heavy and makes a mess of President Buhari’s corruption fight.

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