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Arewa youth rubbish graft allegations against Okiro

14 June 2016, 21:37

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 infractions.

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.

Also read: Northern youth partner police to fight crime during elections

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 his job.”

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


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