The Presidency has picked holes in media reports that the Act­ing Inspector-Gener­al of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, accused his predecessor, Mr. Solomon Arase, of taking away 24 vehicles upon his retirement from service.
A top official of the Pres­idency told The AUTHORI­TY last night that as an expe­rienced and competent senior police officer, there was no way Idris would take such an issue to the public court.
The source also declared that President Muhammadu Buhari did not order Idris to reopen investigations into unresolved high profile murders such as that of former
Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige; the late Deputy National Chairman, South-South of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Aminasoari Dikibo and the late Onitsha Branch Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Mr Barnabas Igwe and his wife, Abigail.
The couple were slain in Onitsha, Anambra State, dur­ing the administration of Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju in 2002.
According to the Presiden­cy source, “there is no truth whatsoever in the allegation making the rounds. I think they are twin stories manufactured by fifth columnists.”
Last Monday, a section of the Nigerian media had re­ported that Idris, in a statement made to journalists at a press conference in Abuja on Sunday, July 17, 2016, accused Arase of going “away with 24 vehicles, including two BMWs. The Dep­uty Inspectors-General (DIGs), some took seven, others eight. And they left me with an old ve­hicle. So, I wrote to him (Arase) and reminded him of the po­lice rule. When a policeman re­tires as IG, DIG, AIG or CP, he is entitled to some vehicles. So, he should take his entitlement and return the extra. I believe four vehicles are enough for an average person. What does one need 24 vehicles for?”
Thereafter, the report went viral on both the formal and so­cial media.
The reports added that President Buhari instructed idris to reopen investigations into the murder of Ige and oth­er prominent Nigerians. Ige was killed in his house in Ibadan on December 23, 2001 while Diki­bo was murdered on February 6, 2004. The assassination of the Igwes occurred on September 1, 2002.
The reports further claimed that the new IG has already set up a high-powered team, head­ed by an Assistant-Inspector General of Police, to handle the investigation.
But the Presidency source said that neither Buhari nor an­ybody else had given such a di­rective, in any form, to the Po­lice High Command, stressing that the new police chief knows his onions and is aware of what to do and when to do it because his appointment was based on his competence.
On the 24 vehicles alleg­edly taken away from Nigeria Police inventory by Arase and other retired police chiefs, as a result of the appointment of Idris, the source said that, “the Police Public Relations Unit of the Force Headquarters never organised or hosted any me­dia parley last Sunday, which would have taken place against any established pattern. So, there is no way Mr idris could therefore have levelled any alle­gations against anybody at such a non-existent briefing.
“And even if there were any discrepancies or a need for ex­planations over any issues in­volving police officers that had left the Force, there are ample internal mechanisms to handle such matters. An officer of the experience and serenity of the new Acting Inspector-General of Police can never call a press conference to address the issue that was reported. The whole thing looked very strange to everybody who should know in the Police Force. And to un­derscore that some things were missing, certain items in the widely circulated story were laughable. For example, the Acting IGP was said to have said that President Buhari had asked him why he was using a very old car. But any discern­ing person should have known that there was no way the Presi­dent could have seen or noticed the car with which the IGP was said to have accompanied him to the imaginary function.”
On the fact that some news­papers had already written ed­itorials on the issue, the source wondered how any respon­sible media can fall for such amateurish smear campaign, wondering whether such me­dia houses had not inquired from their Police Affairs Cor­respondents if they covered or were invited to any such press conference which the IGP was said to have addressed on a Sunday

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