The Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Abubakar, yesterday denied receiving N19.7 billion for the purchase of helicopters for the police under the Police Equipment Fund (PEF).
The amount was said to have been paid to the police by the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
Abubakar, who was represented by Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Air Wing, Ilesanmi Aguda, told the House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to seek information about the PEF from the Ministry of Police Affairs.
The IG insisted that he had “no knowledge” of the alleged payment from the CBN.
But Sanusi in a letter to the committee on governmentâ€™s allegation of financial recklessness against him said the PEF project was executed â€œupon the instructionâ€ of President Goodluck Jonathan.
â€œConsistent with our policy of development, upon the instruction of the president, the CBN intervened by paying N19.7 billion to the Ministry of Police Affairs for the purchase of armoured helicopters and other security equipment,â€ Sanusi said.
Chairman of the PAC, Adeola Solomon Olamilekan, noted that: “If the IGP and the police ministry denies receipt of the said N19.7 billion, then the Committee can rightly assume that the money is missing, until proven otherwise. All the major actors involved in the alleged transaction including the CBN have a case to answer.”
Following this, the committee decided to summon the CBN Governor, the IG and the police affairs minister to appear before on Tuesday it to clarify issues.