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Police Service Commission Faults Saharareporter’s fraud allegation

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Re: Former IG Okiro appoints top police administrator dogged by fraud allegations as police commission secretary

The attention of the Police Service Commission has been drawn to the above captioned story by Sahara Reporters, an online publication of February 5th, 2016. 

The story, characteristic of the publication, did not disappoint in its rehash of worn out allegations that had been severally found to be baseless and childish.

The Commission is aware of Sahara Reporters penchant for falsehood and liking for ‘gorilla journalism’ and would not have bothered itself with this statement but for the serial distortion of facts.

The Commission wishes to state that it’s Hon. Chairman, Sir (Dr) Mike Mbama Okiro, a retired Inspector General of Police did not at any time appoint anybody Secretary to the Commission. 

The Commission at its 14th Plenary Meeting held on the 16th of December, 2015 appointed, Mr. Emmanuel Ibe, a seasoned administrator and Director, Administration and Finance of the Commission, as its Acting Secretary. 

The appointment was sequel to the vacuum created by the deployment of the Commission’s former Secretary, Mallam Aliyu Bisala to the Ministry of Trade and Investment.

It is instructive to note that Mr. Ibe was appointed on acting capacity pending whenever Mr. President appoints a substantive Secretary or confirms his appointment. 

The appointment was also done so that the activities/programmes of the Commission would not unnecessarily be hampered by the vacuum.

The appointment of Mr. Ibe has not violated the Constitution of Nigeria as the Commission in Plenary has the powers to appoint an Acting Secretary which does not in any way infringe on the powers of Mr. President to appoint a substantive Secretary for the Commission at any time.

Sahara Reporters stories on the Acting Secretary being a target of a petition to EFCC on selling of Police appointments for cash and masterminding a phony land deal are mere recycled tissues of lies. 

The petition to EFCC quoted by the publication and dated January 25, 2016 contains basically the same  allegations bandied since 2012 and which had been handled by a competent court of justice that dutifully acquitted and discharged Mr. Ibe, the acting Secretary.

The Management of the Commission has taken all the required steps not only in the appointment of Mr. Ibe as Acting Secretary but in the running of the affairs of the Commission. 

It wrote to the Government on the shortfall in the number of its Members after the Senate refused to approve the appointment of one Member and the vacuum in the office of the Secretary as a result of the last redeployments of Permanent Secretaries.

It is obvious that SaharaReporters will never see anything good in the Commission and in Its Hon. Chairman. 

It’s weird resort to blackmail; subterfuge and character assassination has remained an affront on the practice of journalism in Nigeria.

The Commission is tempted to believe that the owner of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore who has not had a particularly decent past may be on a revenge mission against Sir Okiro. 

It is known to the Commission that as a student of the University of Lagos he was arrested, detained and charged to court for rape of a female student when Sir Okiro, the Hon. Chairman of the Commission, was an Area Commander covering the University. 

It is also known to the Commission that Mr. Sowore jumped bail and escaped abroad and since then has never seen anything good in Sir Okiro, the Chairman of the Commission.

The Commission wishes to state that it will no longer tolerate Sahara Reporters ambush journalism and will henceforth use all legal means to protect itself. 

It calls on the public to discountenance this satanic publication which does no good to our growing democracy. 

Ikechukwu Ani

Head, Press and Public Relations


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