The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has set up a probe panel to investigate the anomalies connected with the payment of the allowances of policemen deployed for the governorship election in Ondo state.
The Special Investigation Panel is headed by a retired Asssitant Inspector General, Ali Ahmadu.
A statement by the police high command spokesman, Don N. Awunah, said Idris was deeply concerned about delay, omission and discrepancies in payment of allowances to the officers.
He is also bothered about complaints of irregularities from certain quarters and discoveries of possible anomalies and plausible foul play.
The Ahmadu panel is empowered to launch an investigation into the entire payment system with a view to: Investigating thoroughly the recent payment of allowances to personnel of the force to determine if the money released for the payment of the allowances was utilized accordingly, providing bank records as evidence.
* Liaising with the Ministry of Finance on the perennial problematic nature of paying allowances.
* Setting up standard modalities that will be adopted by the force to address payment of allowances given by the Federal Government for the conduct of subsequent elections in the country.
* Recommending where appropriate disciplinary actions against erring officers both within and outside the force.
According to Awunah, the SIP at the end of the investigation will recommend professional modalities for payment of allowances in line with government due process for subsequent payment of allowances to personnel of the force engaged in ad-hoc duties.
“This development is pursuant to the policy of the Inspector General of Police for transparency and accountability in all aspects of the Nigeria Police Force and in readiness for the establishment of a standard template that would be used in the conduct of subsequent elections”, Awunah stated.
Other members of the panel are made up of representatives from the office of Police Account, the office of Director of Finance, the office of DIG Operations, the office of IGP Project Monitoring Unit, office of Police Legal Section to serve as secretary
According to Awunah, the Inspector General of Police has enjoined officers who are yet to receive their payment to exercise a little more patience, in the light of the probe.