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Missing police cars found at repair shop in Abuj by AndrewO: 3:1 pm On 7 Jul 2016
– Twenty-four missing cars belonging to the
Nigerian police have been found
– The cars were reportedly found at a repair
shop in Abuja where they were taken for
maintenance
– Former IG, Solomon Arase has spoken up
with regards to accusations leveled against
him
The acting inspector general of police
Ibrahim Idris had earlier claimed that his
predecessor was in custody of the missing
vehicles.
Only yesterday, July 18, the acting inspector
general of police, Ibrahim Idris accused his
predecessor , IGP, Solomon Arase (rtd), of
moving away 24 Police vehicles including
the official IGP Staff Car, which is armoured
plated and bullet proof, and the spare staff
car, both of which are BMWs.
However, the missing cars have been found.
It was gathered that the official staff car
and spare staff cars were sent to an auto
repair shop for total and comprehensive
repairs for use of the next IGP.
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Arase lands in big trouble
According to Vanguard, the cars were sent
to Auto Computers located in the Jabi
district of Abuja and that the spare BMW car
has been completed and repainted. The
spare staff car was said to have been
having engine problems for the last five
years before the last administration sent it
for repairs.
A source at Auto Computer said that the
spare car was delivered to the Police
headquarters on Sunday, July 17 in the
afternoon after completion of repairs and
that officials of the company would visit the
Acting IGP to demand for payment of the job
done.
For the armored plated staff car, it was
gathered that because of the new
technology embedded in the car, the
company will need more time to fix the
identified problems of the car as some of
the needed parts will be imported.
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The source also pointed out that nobody
approached Auto Computer to ask about the
whereabouts of the cars, and that since it
was the police that brought them, they
(company) just went about their repairs.
When sought to find out if the proper
procedure of ascertaining location of the
cars were followed, it was discovered that
the Works Department and the Force
Transport Department that would have been
approached for explanations were not
approached.
Rather, the IGP secretariat comprising of
newly posted officers, were said to have
written the former IGP demanding the
whereabouts of the staff cars and other 22
vehicles, some the former IGP was said to
have interpreted as a slight on his person.
Further investigation in other relevant
departments regarding the whereabouts of
other vehicles showed that the vehicles
were intact and that while some were
deployed for operations, the Police had
records of the location of others.
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orders audit of police pension, others
Meanwhile, former IGP, Solomon Arase, has
said it was wrong for his successor to take
the issue to the media, without asking him
first.
He said:
“I suspect there must be a disconnect
somewhere because every information needed
by my successor are provided in my handover
notes.
I’m also not aware that any letter was written
to me because if there was any dropped in my
house, someone would have alerted me.
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 handover
notes.”

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