by Aljazirah news | November 16, 2020 11:14 am
Abdul Lateef Bamgbose
It came with the ferocity of a thunderbolt that the former Nigeria Police boss Ibrahim Idris has been evicted from his house by his estranged wife, Asta, then the controversy generated that the former Inspector General barely two years after his retirement has relocated to his village in Niger state.
AljazirahNigeria gathered that the relocation of Idris to his village was the climax of the potpourri of intrigue and blackmail that characterized his tenure in office as the Nigeria Chief Law enforcement officer.
Though Asta Idris, the estranged wife can be said to be at the epicenter of the entire intricate web that finally marks the beginning of his plight and retirement into penury.
Ibrahim Kpotum Idris problems with the Police authority following his indictment by an interim investigation: “On case of criminal breach of trust, criminal misappropriation and official corruption against the former Inspector General, Ibrahim Idris” by his successor in office, Mohammed Adamu.
In the interim report exclusively obtained by AljazirahNigeria, with Ref. No. CR; 3000/IGP. SEC/ PMEOS/ ABJ/ VOL.1/ 37 dated April 18, 2019, signed by DIG Muhammad Musa Katsina( Retd) Consultant , Project Monitoring , Evaluation and Operational Strategy Office of the Inspector General of Police, stated that “ The former IGP Ibrahim K. Idris , the former Medical Officer AIG Ahmadu Kaumi, the former Managing Director of PHML Dr. Sani Ali and the Chief Financial Officer of the company Mr. Ishaq Ahmed , be held accountable for the Financial losses associated with these opaque disbursements and made to refund the sum of N 306, 222,157,57 ( Three hundred and six million, two hundred and twenty two thousand , one hundred and fifty seven naira, fifty seven Kobo only).
On assumption of office Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, Kpotun’s successor in Office had directed that the Police Health Maintenance Limited (PHML) under Ibrahim Kpotu and its finances.
The PHML was incorporated on April 24, 2007 as a Private Limited Liability, PLL, to carry on the business of Police Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) based on the number of enrollee (i.e number of police officers and men who chose PHML as their HMO, each enrollee is entitled to register five additional lives which include one spouse and four biological children below the age of 18 years .
The rate of receipt per life is N991.50K and it is broken down as follow:
Capitation N750.00, Admin fee N129,00 and Fee for Service N112.50 ( per life) The interim report states that in the course of its investigations “ Showed that the monthly average lives in 2018 from the NHIS monthly register was 421, 458 with a total receipt of Five billion and fourteen million , five hundred and nine thousand , two hundred naira only ( N5,014, 509, 267.00) which comprised Three billion , seven hundred and ninety three million , one hundred and twenty three thousand , two hundred and forty two thousand Naira only( N652, 417, 242.00) for Admin fee and five hundred and Sixty eight million , nine hundred and Sixty eight (N586, 968, 525.00) as fee for service. The analysis shows that the Company is obliged to pay all capitation receipt to Primary Health Care Providers in line with NHIS operational guidelines”.
The report further stated that “According to the guidelines, the fee for Service is divided into two categories, the secondary and the tertiary cases. The secondary cases are those illnesses that require specialized treatment or emergency handling that are based on referral from the primary health care facility, from fee for service, intervention are made by police health maintenance limited for critical illnesses and emergency of officers and men of the Nigeria police Force.”
However, in the damn report that indicted the former Inspector General and the management of PHML, the panel stated that “ It is from this payments of these interventions that abuses were noticed in the course of the investigations of this case , such abuses include payments of various amounts of money to some serving and retired police officers and civilians under the guise of financial assistance on approval of the former IGP Ibrahim K Idris” The report indicted the former IGP.
The suspicious payments identified during the investigation are among others
W. Sgt. Rebecca Dakwa got N9,108,000
On the March 1, 2018 the recipient account bank was not stated
CSP Mohammed Hah Bala Shah Mohammed) Zenith Ban A/No. 1 (account paid into Isah Moohammed) Zenith Bank A/No 005165704, amount received N10, 408,987.25 on the 1st of April 2018
.AIG F.G Ogundeji got N6, 200,000 on the 1st August 2018,
DIG Gambo S Lawal through Alliance Hospital and service ltd was paid N 246,000, through Zenith Bank Ac/ No 1012648011 on the 1st October 2018
ASP Sule Idris was credited with Diamond AC/No 0004950009 with the sum of N1,000,000.
Inspector Okpanachi Alade through Access Bank Ac/ No. 000728790 was paid N2. 675,000,00.
Salihu Aliyu an SP got his own share through Access Bank AC/No 003 5555609 N268,000 on the 1st 25/2018 according to the report.
While CSP Buba Dauda Fika through Cedacrest Clinic ltd through GTB 0025204626, N 22, 793,142 .77 on the 1st/25/ 2018.
Other beneficiaries are Ujah Okoh through Global Smile Dental Care N195,000 GTB Ac/ No. 0177640510 on the 2/6/2018, and Azeez Mohammed through Asmau Ndayako Ibrahim Idris N6,000,000 through GTB Ac/No 0024703641 on the 2/6/2018.
Find the attached list of other beneficiaries…
The investigative panel concluded in its report that “From the foregoing, it can be seen that the above payments are not only suspected to be fraudulent but in contravention of the NHIS guidelines contrary to Section 22.214.171.124 that may lead to sanction by the NHIS. It recommended that further payment for medical interventions by PHML be stopped forthwith to ensure sanity in the management of the Company’s Finances , the former IGP Ibrahim Kpotu Idris , the former Force Medical Officer AIG Ahmadu Kaumi , the former Managing Director of PHML Dr. Sani and the Chief Finance Officer of the Company Mr. Ishaq Ahmed should be held accountable for the financial losses associated with the opaque disbursements and made to refund the sum of N306, 222, 157.57 to the police HMO as contained in the Financial report for the year 2018. This is because these persons used their positions to abuse the trust by approving and releasing monies from company to their friends, family members and cronies without following the guidelines” The investigators recommended in their report to the Inspector General of police Mohammed Adamu.
The indictment of the former IGP Kpotu Idris AljazirahNigeria gathered came with a sense of de javu.
Recall, when former Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase was sacked on September 2016, over his inability to arrest rising insecurity in Nigeria and Ibrahim Kpotu Idris appointed as the new police helmsman by President Muhammad Buhari, many celebrated, believing that a credible crime-bursting boss had indeed come to town. But their joy was to be short-lived. This is because rather than decrease, there was an upsurge in crime and corruption that soon took a disturbing dimension. President Buhari receives and decorates new Inspector General of Police Mr Abubakar Adamu Mohammed in State House on 15th Jan 2019 Worse still, it was not long before the new IGP got enmeshed in unwarranted controversies.
The controversies ranged from insubordination to outright disobedience of law and order. Allegations of misappropriation of security funds and other infractions were raised against him by many Nigerians, including members of the National Assembly. The situation was such that strident calls were made for his immediate removal and replacement. Idris also consistently embarrassed even the presidency on issues bordering on internal security of the nation. Various cases of threats to lives and property, including the mayhem by suspected cattle herders which sparked violence in many parts of the country, were treated with kid’s glove and neglect by the police prompting the intervention of soldiers. Following his failure to stop the incessant killings of innocent citizens in almost all the parts of the country by suspected herdsmen, Amnesty International claimed that clashes between farmers and herdsmen in Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Enugu, Plateau, Ondo, Kaduna etc claimed no fewer than 168 lives in January 2018 alone. The country’s Director of Organisation, Ossai Ojigho, in a statement boldly asserted that “the responses of police authorities were ineffective, too slow, totally inadequate, ineffective and in some cases, unlawful”. Unfortunately, in spite of all these condemnations, police authorities continued to be seemingly indifferent to the wanton killings in the country. It was so much that in March, 2018, over 70 people were killed in Benue by suspected herders and the killing extended to Plateau State where more than 130 persons were massacred in one fell swoop, while over 50 houses were burnt. Eyebrows were raised after President Buhari who was disturbed by the killings directed the IGP to relocate to the area in Benue, but he failed to obey the order, to the chagrin of Nigerians and the international community. Not long after, he continued to stoke the embers of controversy when he failed to order the arrest of some members of Arewa Youths who brazenly issued an October 1 quit notice to Igbos living in the North. He also got involved in a war of words with members of the National Assembly. He also incurred the wrath of the Presidency after he vehemently dishonoured the office of the Vice-President by re-deploying his Aide-de-Camp, claiming that postings in the Force are a routine exercise. Similarly, Anambra State, Governor Willie Obianor, bitterly complained about the irresponsible attitude displayed by the IGP who redeployed the Governor’s ADC without prior notice. Recall also that in October 27, 2017, a serving member of the National Assembly, Senator Isa Misau, publicly accused Idris of misappropriation of public funds and failure to account for over N10 billion he earned monthly from special security postings of over 100,000 police men assigned to individuals and corporate bodies. The IG was said to be using the police men and properties to enrich himself by attaching police officers to VIPs and organisations, using monies earned from such for his personal care, rather than funding the Police Force. Likewise, in January 2016, members of House of Representatives queried Idris on why the sum of N1.2 billion approved in the Appropriation Act of 2016 for the purchase of ten armoured vehicles personnel carriers, APC, by the Nigerian Police Force was diverted to purchase 64 Toyota Hiace commuter vehicles without the approval of the National Assembly. House members tagged this move as unconstitutional, flagrant disregard for authority, and improper spending of public funds. In the same vein, his failure to pay the arrears and salaries of police operatives which culminated into a protest in Maiduguri by masked members of the force on July 1, was another controversy that tainted his chequered tenure. Also to be forgotten was the ding-dong face-offs between the police and a serving senator, Dino Melaye and the Senate president, Olusola Seraki over a robbery incident that claimed many lives in Kwara State. Perhaps, no Inspector General of Police had attracted so much outpouring of criticisms than the just retired IGP Ibrahim Idris. Glaringly, the fact that President Buhari could not extend his tenure in an election period is a manifestly clear testimony that his era was a woeful one for the police force. And, of course, Buhari would not allow his re-election to be tarred by Ibrahim Idris, the then Inspector Within two years, the former police inspector-general has gone from being amongst Nigeria’s most powerful to freeloading in the palace of emir of Bida, information from police and family sources.
Mr. Idris’ family accused Asta, a retired police helicopter pilot he married in 2017, of taking over the assets he had laboured to acquire all his life; while also ruining his life by subjecting him to physical and psychological ordeal.
But AljazirahNigeria gathered that the former IGP, Ibrahim Idris in the dying days as the top most law enforcement obviously did not wish after he must have left LOUIS Edet House to relocate to a remote village in Niger State, if he ever wished for anything after his retirement , it was to move to the next level of his career , establish a security outfit , but all these are now in the past as the allegations of stealing starred him in the face, the battle to recover from the trauma from his estranged wife hang on his head like swords of Damascus.
Several calls and text messages to Mr. Frank Mba, the Force PRO on the matter were not answered.
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