Abuja - The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered an investigation into the purchase and distribution of vehicles by his predecessors, Punch reports.
It was gathered that the probe was informed by the discovery that retiring officers, including former IGs and Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, were in the habit of appropriating police vehicles for their personal use.
Findings revealed that the probe, which is being handled by the Special Investigation Panel, had identified and recovered 19 police vehicles from former IG, Solomon Arase.
Some of the vehicles include assorted sedans, Sports Utility Vehicles and pick-up vans.
The vehicles, it was learnt, were apart from the four vehicles he was entitled to take away with him on retirement.
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.
It was learnt that the SIP, headed by Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ali Amodu, (retd.), had also recovered a number of police vehicles from other retired DIGs.
The recovered vehicles were said to have been distributed to newly promoted Commissioners of Police and AIGs.
Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had in July explained how his predecessor, Solomon Arase, allegedly left with scores of vehicles when he retired from service according to News24.
Idris stated that Arase had left the service with 24 vehicles, while seven Deputy Inspectors-General carted away between seven and eight vehicles each when they left alongside him.
Claiming that he had previously written to Arase to plead with him to return the vehicles, which include two bullet-proof BMW 7 Series cars, Idris revealed that no vehicles have been given back from those who retired with these cars linked to their names.
- News 24