A Special Investigation Panel instituted by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has reportedly recovered 19 police vehicles from former IG, Solomon Arase.
According to Sahara Reporters, some of the vehicles include assorted sedans, Sports Utility Vehicles and pick-up vans.
The Inspector-General of Police had ordered an investigation into the purchase and distribution of vehicles by his predecessors. Inside sources say the probe was instituted after it was discovered that retiring police officers, including former IGs and Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, were in the habit of appropriating police vehicles for their personal use.
The 19 vehicles recovered from Arase are apart from the four vehicles he was entitled to take with him on retirement.
A senior officer, who is familiar with the investigation, said the SIP led by Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ali Amodu, (retd.) was still working to recover five additional vehicles from the former police boss. A source in the Police said
“We are making progress in our investigations. We were able to trace 24 vehicles to the former IG and we have recovered 19 already. He has yet to release the remaining five, but we won’t let up until we recover all the vehicles. We have pictures of the vehicles and they have been documented, so he can’t deny it, the recovery is a fact.”