The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday, appeared before the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives where he was grilled over some missing pistols and cash exhibits amounting to N1.9million.
The committee, chaired by Kingsley Chinda (PDP/Rivers) said based on the Auditor General of the Federation report 2010 to 2013, four service pistols were missing along with cash exhibits while 55 queries were issued to the Nigeria Police within the period in question.
The report said that during the audit examination of arms and ammunitions of the Nigeria Police in 2012, it was observed that four different brands of pistols were missing.
The report also said cash exhibits of N928,000 was missing in 2011; N100,000 in 2012 and another N720,000 as well as a Dell laptop worth N250,000, totaling N1.998 million.
But just as the session was about to begin, Mr. Idris sought the committee’s permission to go attend to other pressing responsibilities while other officers led by Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the budget, Abdulsami Iyaji, should be allowed to make submissions and respond to any questions.
His request was granted by the committee.
In his response to the questions of missing arms, Iyaji said that in June 2009, an officer was issued a pistol but he was attacked and killed by robbers in Lagos while the assailants made away with his service pistol.
On the second pistol, he said it was issued to one sergeant, who was declared missing in action, while the third was given to an officer on official assignment who lost it during an attack by a gang of armed robbers.
On the fourth pistol, AIG Iyaji said it was issued to an inspector in February 2008 and that he was attacked in his hotel room in Lagos where the robbers took the pistol away.
The AIG in charge of budget noted that the affected inspector was indicted and sanctioned.
As for the missing cash exhibits, AIG Iyaji said the officer involved in the sum of N928,000 could not give an account of the amount and was investigated and arraigned in court even after retirement, while the sum of N100,000 cash exhibit was given to the rightful owner.
He said the sum of N720,000 was erroneously stated as it was actually N250,000, which he said was still available and in custody of the police.
On the Dell laptop worth N250,000 Mr. Iyaji said it exists as there was no such record in the Nigeria Police.
He, however, added that the laptop may have been destroyed in a fire incident involving a police warehouse.
The committee’s session with the police came to an abrupt end when some members of the committee raised concerns that some of the documents presented by the police were incomplete.
A new date would be fixed for the continuation of the sitting.