FRAUD: Former IG Of Police, Solomon Arase Stole 24 Police Vehicles


The acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has
accused his predecessor, Solomon Arase of leaving the force with 24
police vehicles.

He claimed that seven Deputy Inspectors-General of Police,
who retired alongside Arase, also made away with several cars belonging
to the force.
The police boss said he had written Arase to return the
cars, which included two official bullet-proof BMW 7 series cars,
stressing that the retired police chief and his DIGs were yet to return
the vehicles even after writing them.
Idris, who made this revelation while addressing newsmen on
Sunday in Abuja, further added that a special investigation team had
been set up to look into the records of police vehicle purchases in the
last three years as well as how they were distributed.
He said, “If you look through the windows of my former
office and from the report from my (Force) transport officer, you would
see cars, but a week to the day I would resume, all these cars
“So, what I am telling you is that I have signed a
directive to my SIP (I have a special investigation panel, I set it up).
It is going to investigate all the vehicle purchases, contributions to
the police and the distribution of those vehicles in the last three
years; we are going to look into that.
“When I took over, there was no vehicle, even the vehicle I
would use. I discovered the last IG went away with 24 vehicles; the
DIGs, some of them eight, some of them seven. The IG’s vehicles included
two BMW 7 series, one armoured; and he left me with an old car.
“The last time I followed the President with it, he was
asking me, ‘what are you doing with this old car’ because if you see the
headlight, the thing has changed colour, which means they parked it and
rains and everything had fallen on it, but the new ones that were
bought, he (Arase) went with all of them; they are part of the 24.
“I wrote back to him and said, we have a policy that says
when a policeman retires, if you are an IG, AIG, a CP, you are entitled
to some vehicles; please, the extra, return it. Four vehicles are enough
for an average human being, but what will you even do with four
vehicles; but he took 24 vehicles, including two BMW cars.
“I wrote to him (Arase), I wrote to the DIGs.”
In a swift reaction, Arase, however, denied carting away
with any police vehicle, describing the allegations as a malicious
propaganda to dent his image after serving the country faithfully for
He said, “What am I going to do with 24 cars? Do I want to
open a car shop? This is a malicious accusation. There are ways of
verifying issues rather than engaging in media propaganda.”



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