Echoes of 2011 Elections: Commission denies partaking in siphoning of N17 billion Police logistics funds



 

The Police Service Commission,PSC is fighting back to redeem its image in the face of reports that the commission, the Police Affairs Ministry and National Assembly members siphoned funds meant for the Police leaving DPOs to source for alternative means of raising funds to operate.A report by National Mirror  inter alia, said a former IGP accused “the lawmakers, Ministry of Police Affairs officials and Police Service Commission of leeching on the N17 bn (Seventeen Billion Naira) released to the police for logistics and provision of security infrastructure during the last general elections in 2011”

In a statement today, the PSC issued by  Ferdinand U. Ekpe said, “It is pertinent to reiterate that, the Police Service Commission is not in any way involved in the operations and logistics functions of the Nigeria Police Force, which are primarily the functions of the office of the IGP and Ministry of Police Affairs and could therefore not have been involved in siphoning funds meant for the Nigeria Police Force operations. The Police Service Commission does not award contract for the procurement of any logistic item being used by the Police, and is not in control of police funds in anyway.

Today’s reaction came on the heels of a “story in the National Mirror of Monday, March 19, 2012 crediting a former Inspector-General of Police, whose name was withheld by the paper of accusing the Police Service Commission alongside members of the National Assembly and officials of the Ministry of Police Affairs of dipping their hands into funds meant for the Nigeria Police Force leaving little to run it, thereby putting pressures on Divisional Police Officers to source funds to run their Commands, which has led to their sending their supposedly “trusted” men on road blocks to source for funds.  The former IGP is also said to have accused the lawmakers, Ministry of Police Affairs officials and Police Service Commission of leeching on the N17 bn (Seventeen Billion Naira) released to the police for logistics and provision of security infrastructure during the last general elections in 2011”, the PSC statement said.

The PSC statement said “ It is also disheartening that the National Mirror would go to press with a story, making such damning allegations without researching its story well before going to the general public. In accordance with the stipulations of the Freedom of Information Act, we demand that the publishers should reveal the identity of the ex-Inspector General of Police who was said to have made the allegations so that he can prove his unfounded allegations.”

Read the full statement below:

The attention of the Police Service Commission has been drawn to a story in the National Mirror of Monday, March 19, 2012 crediting a former Inspector-General of Police, whose name was withheld by the paper of accusing the Police Service Commission alongside members of the National Assembly and officials of the Ministry of Police Affairs of dipping their hands into funds meant for the Nigeria Police Force leaving little to run it, thereby putting pressures on Divisional Police Officers to source funds to run their Commands, which has led to their sending their supposedly “trusted” men on road blocks to source for funds.

The former IGP is also said to have accused the lawmakers, Ministry of Police Affairs officials and Police Service Commission of leeching on the N17 bn (Seventeen Billion Naira) released to the police for logistics and provision of security infrastructure during the last general elections in 2011”

For the avoidance of doubt, the Police Service Commission Establishment Act of 2001 is sequel to Section 153 (m) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which calls for its establishment with the responsibilities for the appointment, promotion, and disciplinary control of members of the Nigeria Police Force (except the Inspector-General of Police).

It is pertinent to reiterate that, the Police Service Commission is not in any way involved in the operations and logistics functions of the Nigeria Police Force, which are primarily the functions of the office of the IGP and Ministry of Police Affairs and could therefore not have been involved in siphoning funds meant for the Nigeria Police Force operations. The Police Service Commission does not award contract for the procurement of any logistic item being used by the Police, and is not in control of police funds in anyway.

 It is also disheartening that the National Mirror would go to press with a story, making such damning allegations without researching its story well before going to the general public. In accordance with the stipulations of the Freedom of Information Act, we demand that the publishers should reveal the identity of the ex-Inspector General of Police who was said to have made the allegations so that he can prove his unfounded allegations.

The Commission wants to assure the general public of its commitment to repositioning the Nigeria Police Force in line with its constitutional mandate and transformation agenda of the present administration and urge it to disregard the unfounded allegation by the paper.

Ferdinand U. Ekpe
For: Honourable Chairman
Police Service Commission
19th March, 2012

The Police Service Commission,PSC is fighting back to redeem its image in the face of reports that the commission, the Police Affairs Ministry and National Assembly members siphoned funds meant for the Police leaving DPOs to source for alternative means of raising funds to operate.A report by National Mirror  inter alia, said a former IGP accused “the lawmakers, Ministry of Police Affairs officials and Police Service Commission of leeching on the N17 bn (Seventeen Billion Naira) released to the police for logistics and provision of security infrastructure during the last general elections in 2011”

 

In a statement today, the PSC issued by  Ferdinand U. Ekpe said, “It is pertinent to reiterate that, the Police Service Commission is not in any way involved in the operations and logistics functions of the Nigeria Police Force, which are primarily the functions of the office of the IGP and Ministry of Police Affairs and could therefore not have been involved in siphoning funds meant for the Nigeria Police Force operations. The Police Service Commission does not award contract for the procurement of any logistic item being used by the Police, and is not in control of police funds in anyway.

 

Today’s reaction came on the heels of a “story in the National Mirror of Monday, March 19, 2012 crediting a former Inspector-General of Police, whose name was withheld by the paper of accusing the Police Service Commission alongside members of the National Assembly and officials of the Ministry of Police Affairs of dipping their hands into funds meant for the Nigeria Police Force leaving little to run it, thereby putting pressures on Divisional Police Officers to source funds to run their Commands, which has led to their sending their supposedly “trusted” men on road blocks to source for funds.  The former IGP is also said to have accused the lawmakers, Ministry of Police Affairs officials and Police Service Commission of leeching on the N17 bn (Seventeen Billion Naira) released to the police for logistics and provision of security infrastructure during the last general elections in 2011”, the PSC statement said.

 

The PSC statement said “ It is also disheartening that the National Mirror would go to press with a story, making such damning allegations without researching its story well before going to the general public. In accordance with the stipulations of the Freedom of Information Act, we demand that the publishers should reveal the identity of the ex-Inspector General of Police who was said to have made the allegations so that he can prove his unfounded allegations.”

 

Read the full statement below:

 

The attention of the Police Service Commission has been drawn to a story in the National Mirror of Monday, March 19, 2012 crediting a former Inspector-General of Police, whose name was withheld by the paper of accusing the Police Service Commission alongside members of the National Assembly and officials of the Ministry of Police Affairs of dipping their hands into funds meant for the Nigeria Police Force leaving little to run it, thereby putting pressures on Divisional Police Officers to source funds to run their Commands, which has led to their sending their supposedly “trusted” men on road blocks to source for funds. 

The former IGP is also said to have accused the lawmakers, Ministry of Police Affairs officials and Police Service Commission of leeching on the N17 bn (Seventeen Billion Naira) released to the police for logistics and provision of security infrastructure during the last general elections in 2011”

 

For the avoidance of doubt, the Police Service Commission Establishment Act of 2001 is sequel to Section 153 (m) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which calls for its establishment with the responsibilities for the appointment, promotion, and disciplinary control of members of the Nigeria Police Force (except the Inspector-General of Police).

 

It is pertinent to reiterate that, the Police Service Commission is not in any way involved in the operations and logistics functions of the Nigeria Police Force, which are primarily the functions of the office of the IGP and Ministry of Police Affairs and could therefore not have been involved in siphoning funds meant for the Nigeria Police Force operations. The Police Service Commission does not award contract for the procurement of any logistic item being used by the Police, and is not in control of police funds in anyway.

 

 It is also disheartening that the National Mirror would go to press with a story, making such damning allegations without researching its story well before going to the general public. In accordance with the stipulations of the Freedom of Information Act, we demand that the publishers should reveal the identity of the ex-Inspector General of Police who was said to have made the allegations so that he can prove his unfounded allegations.

 

The Commission wants to assure the general public of its commitment to repositioning the Nigeria Police Force in line with its constitutional mandate and transformation agenda of the present administration and urge it to disregard the unfounded allegation by the paper.

  


Ferdinand U. Ekpe
For: Honourable Chairman
Police Service Commission 
19th March, 2012 
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