Barracks contract fraud: IGP orders investigation of senior officers

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By KINGSLEY OMONOBI, Abuja

A monumental fraud involving billions of naira meant for the rehabilitation of several  Police dilapidated barracks across the country has been uncovered with a furious Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, setting up a Special Task Force at Force headquarters to unearth those behind the fraud.

The fraud was uncovered even as it has emerged that over N5billion of the N7billion released by the federal government in 2010 for payment to contractors who had completed jobs for the Police in the last five years was diverted into a bank by a former administration of the force while the contractors have wallowed in suffering.

Saturday Vanguard gathered that while most of the barracks which are in embarrassing state were recorded as having been awarded for renovation and money released for such repairs, there was nothing on ground to collaborate such records.

It was later discovered that hundreds of millions of naira was fraudulently taken away or shared allegedly by senior police officers in connivance with some contractors particularly those said to be working in the works department.

In this regards  Saturday Vanguard learnt that an Assistant Inspector General of Police, some Commissioners of Police, Deputy Commissioners, Assistant Commissioners and others like CSP’s, SP’s etc, are being investigated by the task force.

The task force is also tasked with unraveling why contracts for renovation of barracks and procurement of equipment were awarded with the money available for payment but the funds suddenly disappeared when the contracts were duly completed.

The source disclosed that the IGP is upset, how fund meant to renovate police barracks were mismanaged and nothing to show for it.

Source: Vanguard

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