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AFRICMIL urges ICPC to probe multi-billion naira fraud in Nigeria Police Trust Fund



AFRICMIL urges ICPC to probe multi-billion naira fraud in Nigeria Police Trust Fund

The African Center for Media and Information Literacy, AFRICMIL, urged the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses, ICPC, to fully investigate the alleged purchase of substandard equipment totaling 11 billion naira by the leadership of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund, NPTF, and quickly get the culprits to book.

On October 6, AFRICMIL wrote to ICPC President Bolaji Owasanoye urging him to use his good offices “to get to the root of the scandalous violation of the law establishing the NPTF, as well as the willful disregard of the recommendation of the KPMG report which clearly laid the foundations for prudent management of the Trust Fund.

A press release signed by Chido Onumah, AFRICMIL coordinator, said: “AFRICMIL follows the developments in this dossier and expresses enormous support to ICPC in this monumental task. In line with the Commission’s usual adherence to professionalism, we call for deep, careful and impartial engagement with all matters surrounding the controversial management of the Trust Fund.

The statement called on the ICPC to tackle the root of the “scandalous violation” of the law establishing the NPTF, as well as the total disregard of the recommendations of the KPMG report which set the ground rules for prudent management. of the Trust Fund.

“There is no doubt that ICPC will find that the Executive Secretary’s disregard for due process is central to the procurement of poor quality security equipment and machinery for the Nigerian police force, which outraged many people across the country, including the Inspector General of Police, ”he said.

According to the statement, AFRICMIL’s findings revealed that among the equipment allegedly purchased for police personnel, bulletproof vests, helmets and some of the Toyota Buffalo vehicles were well below the required standard. AFRICMIL urged ICPC to carefully examine equipment and other items purchased to see if they meet police needs.

AFRICMIL also said that ICPC should be interested in investigating the use of the sum of N 722,671,942 out of the N 616,883,668 released under the start-up grant of the trust fund secretariat. This amount was reportedly spent within five months even though accommodation and other necessary equipment had been provided free of charge by the Nigerian police.

In what he described as a violent transgression of the NPTF Act of 2019, the statement noted: “A situation in which the executive secretary conducts business without the consent of the chairman of the board or, in collaboration with the Public Procurement Office, literally usurping the powers of the Council in flagrant violation of Sections 11 (b) and 12 (1) a of the NPTF Act of 2019, is a serious misconduct that should not be tolerated by the ICPC and the citizens who have good intentions for the police and our country. “

AFRICMIL believes that the police trust fund fraud is of great interest to the people because of the institution and the personalities involved. The organization said it trusted the ICPC to deal with the matter professionally in the interests of justice.

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