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An ongoing investigation by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has identified and recovered 19 police vehicles from former IG, Solomon Arase.
The probe was informed by the discovery that retiring officers, including former IGs and Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, were in the habit of converting police vehicles for their personal use.
Punch reports that the probe by the Special Investigation Panel, revealed that Some of the vehicles include assorted sedans, Sports Utility Vehicles and pick-up vans.
A senior officer, who is familiar with the investigation, said the SIP was still working to recover five additional vehicles from the former police boss.
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The source 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.”
Arase had earlier denied taking away 24 vehicles when his successor, Idris, made the allegation during an interview with journalists on July 18, 2016, shortly after he assumed office.
Idris had further alleged that the seven DIGs, who retired alongside Arase, also carted away between seven and eight cars each.