*Says vehicles meant for escorts in Mrs. Buhari’s convoy
*Insists IGP Idris did not manipulate his retirement age
By Sandra Onyekwere
Just as Mrs. Aishat Buhari’s reaction came in just then the Police Force headquarters in Abuja also dismissed allegations by the embattled senator Hamma Misau that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, purchased two Prado SUVs for the personal use of the wife of the President.
In a statement signed by her Director of Information, Suleiman Haruna, Mrs Aisha Buhari said she was still using the vehicles allocated to her during the campaigns in 2015.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to the news being widely circulated, and attributed to a member of the Senate that two SUVs from the Inspector General of Police were given to wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, personally.
“The wife of the President wants to make it clear that since the assumption of office of her husband as President of Nigeria, she did not receive these mentioned vehicles.
“Furthermore, the vehicles she is still using belong to the family and were the ones used during the campaign for 2015 elections, including the one for her entourage.”
Mrs. Buhari had earlier in her twitter handle denied receiving such vehicles, saying “I am still using my personal cars.”
Force Headquarters in a similar statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, described Senator Misau’s allegation as baseless and misguided.
It reads: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to publications in some newspapers of October 26, 2017, captioned “Misau Accuses IGP of Buying 2 Jeeps (SUVs) for Buhari’s Wife” and “IGP Idris Manipulated His Retirement Age, Says Misau” credited to Senator Isa Hamma Misau.
“The two reports were studied and found out to be an outright falsehood, misleading, unfounded, a deliberate attempt to misinform the public and drag the name of wife of the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Buhari and that of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris into a controversy.
“It is pertinent to state that at no time did the wife of the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Buhari requested directly or indirectly for vehicles for her use from the Inspector General of Police and no vehicle whether Jeep or SUV has ever been given for her personal use.
“To set the record straight and disabuse the minds of the public, especially those who must have read the story, the Inspector General of Police is empowered by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the Police Act and Regulations, precisely Section 215 (1) (a & b) and (2).
“The Nigeria Police Force shall be under the command of the Inspector General Police and the Deployment and Control of the entire Operations of the Force, including allocation of Police vehicles for operational use throughout the country, shall be under the purview of the IGP.
“It is within the powers of the Inspector General of Police as stated above that when on the 17th January, 2017, SP Sani M Baba-Inna, the ADC to ‘wife of the President requested for two vehicles for police personnel in the convoy of wife of the President for convoy movement and security purposes, a Toyota Sienna Bus with Reg. No. NPF 2406D and a Toyota Hiace Bus with Reg. No. NPF 3363D, were approved by the Inspector General of Police to the ADC and not to the person of wife of the President or for her personal use as alleged by Misau.
“The Nigeria Police Force categorically wishes to state that all the allegations made by Misau against the Inspector General of Police and wife of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria of buying two Jeeps for her as reported in some media are baseless, untrue and done in bad faith to misinform and mislead the public.
“Members of the public are, hereby, strongly enjoined to discountenance and disregard the report in its entirety.
“On IGP’s retirement age, Misau’s allegations were with ill-motive. For avoidance of doubt, the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, Force Secretary Office wrote the chairman, Police Service Commission on the 18th of January, 2017, drawing the attention of the commission to the observation on the current staff list of Senior Police Officers, whereby the date of birth of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, was incorrectly stated as 3/01/1959 instead of the actual date of 15/01/1959.
“All documents and records of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, has 15/01/1959 as his date of birth except the staff list of Senior Police Officers and this is the reason the approval of the chairman, Police Service Commission for correction of the error, was sought in this regard.
“The difference of dates between 3/01/1959 and 15/01/1959 is just 12 days, which is very insignificant in 35 years that a public servant can be in service.
“Furthermore, the public will note that Isa Hamman Misau deliberately refused to prove the allegations he previously levelled against the Inspector General of Police on the floor of the Senate for which he was invited by the Senate Adhoc Committee but instead brought up other falsehoods to distract the committee and members of the public.
“The Nigeria Police Force is assuring the media of its support and continued cooperation in ensuring a crime free society and credible reportage.
“The print media are implored not to allow the pages of their esteemed newspapers to be used to champion campaign of calumny capable of causing disaffections between the Force and the public or that can cast aspersions on the hard earned integrity of the leadership of the Force.
“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, will not be distracted or deterred by mischievous and misguided individual(s) from carrying out his statutory responsibilities for the benefit of the entire Police Personnel and all Nigerians that we serve.”