EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria’s Attorney-General Malami, Ex-Sokoto Governor Move To Quash Probe Of Former Police Inspector-General, Others Involved In Police Equipment Fraud

The invitation for questioning of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF), Suleiman Abba and 5 others by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) might quickly have a brand new twist as prime authorities workplace holders are pushing to have the matter swept beneath the carpet.

SaharaReporters earlier revealed a report, together with paperwork exhibiting the ICPC had invited the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the NPTF, Abba and 5 others over fraudulent actions, together with alleged procurement of substandard tools by the NPTF for the police.

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Abba can also be a former Inspector-General of Police.

The data is contained in a letter dated September 6, 2021, addressed to the Executive Secretary of the NPTF and signed by the Director of Operations of the ICPC, Akeem Lawal. 

According to the letter titled, ‘Investigation Activities: Letter of Invitation Pursuant to Section 28(1(A-B) of ICPC Act 2000’, the anti-graft company is asking the previous IGP and others to look earlier than it between Monday, September 13 and Thursday, September 16, 2021.

A replica of the letter obtained by SaharaReporters on Saturday revealed that they are going to be investigated for alleged violation of the provisions of the ICPC Act No. 5 of 2020.

The ICPC has been investigating alleged procurement of substandard tools by NPTF officers.

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In the letter obtained by SaharaReporters, these invited for questioning are recognized as: IGP Suleiman Abba (rtd), Board Chairman; Mrs Victoria Ojogbane, Director, Legal Services; Alhaji Yahaya Mohammed, Director, Planning, Research and Statistics; Mr. Lawal Gunjunju, Director, Finance and Account; Mr. Salihu Abubakar, Special Assistant, Technical; Dr. Fred Femi Akinfala, Director, Human Resources and General Services; Mr. Ben Akabueze, Board Member; and Engr. Mansur Hammed, Board Member.

Akabueze is the Director-General, Budget Office of the Government of Nigeria. He was prior to now the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning in Lagos State within the administration of Babatunde Fashola.

However, a prime supply on Sunday informed SaharaReporters that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Defence and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, Senator Aliyu Wamakko have been making strikes to make sure the matter is swept beneath the carpet due to their relationship with among the invited individuals.

According to the supply, because the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, Senator Wamakko, additionally a former Governor of Sokoto State, has solid a relationship with the heads of the nation’s anti-graft companies and is aware of the way to lean on them for favours.

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“I understand that Senator Wamakko, who was the governor of Sokoto State and the vice chairman of the committee on anti-corruption and financial crimes, which oversees the ICPC and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has promised to kill the matter.

“I also understand that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) has also spoken to the chairman of the ICPC (Prof Bolaji Owasanoye) to mellow the thing down (soften the commission’s stance on the alleged fraud),” the supply mentioned.

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It was found that among the tools the NPTF lately donated to the police was inferior.

The NPTF had lately donated operational automobiles and different tools value N11 billion to the police because the NPTF for the coaching and retraining of police personnel.

Some of the mentioned tools included 640 bullet proof vests, 120 buffalo vans, and 190 ballistic helmets however the tools was mentioned to be substandard.

For occasion, it was learnt that the bullet proof vests are purported to have resistant shields in the back and front however they solely have protecting shields within the entrance. Therefore, the bullet proofs will fail to successfully shield police personnel throughout shoot-outs with legal components like Boko Haram terrorists, bandits or robbers.

In the letter obtained by SaharaReporters, the ICPC specifies the totally different occasions every of the six invited individuals is predicted to return in for questioning.

The former IGP, Suleiman is predicted to return in for questioning at precisely 1pm on Thursday, September 16, 2021; Ojogbane is predicted in by 10am on Monday, September 13, 2021; Mohammed is predicted in by 1pm on Monday, September 13, 2021, whereas Gunjunju is predicted within the ICPC workplace for questioning by 10am on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

Also, Abubakar is predicted in for questioning by 1pm on Tuesday, September 14, 2021; Akinfala is predicted in by 10am on Wednesday, September 15, 2021; Akabueze is predicted in by 1pm on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 whereas Hammed is predicted in by 10am on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

The letter learn, “Similarly, the invited workers is to return with the next paperwork as relevant to their workplace and schedule in addition to the unique copies for sighting:

“Copies of all cost vouchers for overhead, recurrent and capital for 12 months 2020 and 2021, copies of all contract settlement for contracts awarded from the takeoff grant and capital, copies of workers nominal roll, complete checklist of workers on switch, posting and secondment. Vote for take-off grant, breakdown of all spending and approvals, print out of ledger vote and spending, all no objection certificates from Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).

“Evidence of BPP clarification on contract award, monetary restrict and thresholds, procurement strategies and threshold of software and expenditure as associated to NPTF.

“They are additionally anticipated to return with any of the next: a lawyer, Justice of Peace, Staff of the Legal Aid Council or any particular person of their alternative.

“Accept the assurances of the Commission’s highest regards, please.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria’s Attorney-General Malami, Ex-Sokoto Governor Move To Quash Probe Of Former Police Inspector-General, Others Involved In Police Equipment Fraud

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