BUSTED | Police Recover 19 Cars, SUVs from Ex-IG Arase

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered an investigation into the purchase and distribution of vehicles by his predecessors.

The probe was informed by discovery that ex-senior officers, including former IGs and the Deputies were in the habit of appropriating police vehicles for their personal use.

Surprisingly, the probe, which is being handled by the Special Investigation Panel, had identified and recovered 19 police vehicles from former IG, Solomon Arase.

Some of the vehicles include assorted sedans, Sports Utility Vehicles and pick-up vans.

According to Punch, the vehicles were apart from the four vehicles he was entitled to take away with him on retirement.

A senior officer, who is familiar with the investigation, said the SIP was still working to recover five additional vehicles from the former police boss.

It was learnt that the SIP, headed by Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ali Amodu, (retd.), had also recovered a number of police vehicles from other retired DIGs.

The recovered cars were said to have been distributed to newly promoted Commissioners of Police and AIGs.

The source said, “We are making progress in our investigations. We were able to trace 24 vehicles to the former IG and we have recovered 19 already. He has yet to release the remaining five, but we won’t let up until we recover all the vehicles. We have pictures of the vehicles and they have been documented, so he can’t deny it, the recovery is a fact.”

Arase had earlier denied taking away 24 vehicles when his successor, IGP Idris, made the allegation  during an interview with journalists on July 18, 2016, shortly after he assumed office.

Idris had further alleged that the seven DIGs, who retired alongside Arase, also carted away between seven and eight cars each.


  1. This is madness, what will do with all those cars?

  2. na wa ooo, sooo top police officer like IG and the DIGS too they steal......kilode gan to fi je pe awon ti a ni ki won gbe ofin ro naa lo n bi ofin wo.another example is the current revelation in our court of law where the judges that were supposed to be incurruptible are the the most high in curruption.....o ma se ooo where lies the hope of the common man in Nigeria.

  3. Are they going to just recover the vehicles or they would be prosecuted as well? Cos that is the right thing to do if not then we are not fighting corruption yet. Remember the case of Fayose's impeachment in his 1st term. It was ruled that it was null and void cos he was not prosecuted after the impeachment.

  4. How Junior officers no go set up road blocks when Oga don steal everything else?

  5. Corruption and big men in Nigeria is 5 and 6.



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