Lagos - The Arewa Youths Renaissance (AYR) has
urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore calls to investigate Police Service
Commission Chairman, Mike Okiro, over allegations of fraud.
A whistleblower, Aaron Kaase, is accusing Okiro, the former
Inspector General of Police, of fraud amounting to N275 million.
Kaase has been a Principal Admin Officer (Press and Public
Relations) of the Police Service Commission.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences
Commission (ICPC) has investigated and cleared Okiro of all criminal
While the former Inspector General's involvement in alleged
corruption was not clear, it was reported he had allegedly influenced the
suspension of Kaase from the police force over trumped up charges.
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A petition has been sent to Buhari and the Economic Financial
Commission but the AYR has rubbished the allegations and the document.
Mallam Abubakar Suleiman, speaking on behalf of AYR, said
they had observed each time the public was about to appraise the activities of
the Police Service Commission, accusations levelled at Okiro, backed by the
Civil Society Network Against Corruption, always emerged.
“This is what they have been doing since Mr. Buhari came to
power last year,” alleged Suleiman.
“There is no doubt that their motive is to hide under the on
going war against corruption to get President Buhari to remove Mr. Okiro from
Suleiman said furthermore, by pushing for Okiro's removal,
another of their motive is to incite Southerners against Buhari by accusing him
of promoting a “Northern Agenda.”
“Therefore, we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore
the spurious allegations against Mr. Okiro by a cash and carry civil society
organization,” said Suleaimn.
“We call on Mr. Okiro to focus on his job by ensuring the successful
completion of the ongoing police recruitment exercise.”
- CAJ News