past Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase, has put a lie to claims
that 19 assorted vehicles belonging to the police were recovered from him even
as he raised the alarm that some forces were bent on tarnishing his image.
ex-IGP’s reaction is coming on the heels of a similar one on July 18 this year
and following another media report that 19 out of 24 vehicles he allegedly took
away upon retirement had been recovered from him.
statement issued yesterday, Arase warned that he would not hesitate to seek
legal redress if those desperate to tarnish his image fail to desist.
embarrassing for me to wake up on Monday morning (yesterday) to be inundated
with calls and messages on purported 19 vehicles recovered from me. I wish to reassure
the general public that there was nothing like that.
Like I said in July, I did not take any police
vehicle with me outside what I am entitled to, and so, there couldn’t have been
any vehicle recovered from me. If there was any such, those behind this
campaign of calumny should please, make the number plates of the vehicles
public and where they were recovered from.
than dissipating so much energy on ‘project drag Arase down’, I urge those
behind this evil campaign to face their official responsibility for which much
is expected from them by the nation. I have done my bit and my own records bear
me witness. Let those daily frightened by the shadow of Arase learn to face
reality and stop chasing shadows so that they are not hunted by same”, the
ex-police boss stated.
by his successor, Ibrahim Idris in July that he went away with 24 police
vehicles, Arase had in a statement then said “ I suspect there must be a
disconnect somewhere because every information needed by my successor are
provided in my hand-over notes. It’s unfortunate that this matter is being made
a media issue because my successor has my telephone number and could have
called me for any clarification or even sent me a text message rather than
addressing the media on an issue well documented in my hand-over notes.”