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Okiro dismisses N275m fraud allegation

By News Express on 09/06/2015

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The Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), Sir Mike Okiro, on Monday dismissed the allegation that he defrauded the commission of N275 million and vowed not to succumb to blackmail.

Okiro alleged that a staff of the commission, Mr Aaron Kaase, of the Press Unit, colluded with a Journalist and Publisher (name withheld) to blackmail him with the allegation to collect N10 million.

The chairman, who spoke a news conference in Abuja, said the commission received N350 from the Federal Government to train its staff to monitor the conduct of policemen involved in the 2015 general elections.

It will be recalled that Okiro appeared before the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences (ICPC) on June 4, following a petition by Kaase that he embezzled N275 million belonging to the commission.

“I still believe that a clear conscience fears no accusation and I will not yield to blackmail no matter how long it takes to clear my name. I have nothing to fear,” he said.

According to Okiro, we (commission) received N350 million for election monitoring/conferences/training of the staff of the commission and deployed them to states to monitor police conduct during the general elections of 2015.

The chairman said that the commission spent N217.3 million of the N350 million, leaving a balance of N132.6 million in the commission’s project account.

He, however, said that on April 2, he got a text message from the publisher that he was doing a story on the alleged fraud.

Okiro said that the publisher claimed to have sent the story to six other newspapers for publication and demanded N10 million to cover it up and save him of the embarrassment.

Okiro quoted the publisher as threatening that “Gen. Buhari is coming to fight corruption, once the papers publish any such story against you (Okiro), he would remove you immediately.”

The chairman further alleged that the publisher, on April 8, sent his account details for the said N10 million to be paid into it to save him – Okiro, of embarrassment.

He said to stop the journalist from bothering him with the demand for the money, he invited and handed him over to the police Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).

This, he said was after several calls and text messages from the journalist demanding for the money.

He said: “The result was mind boggling and depicted the comedy of errors. It was revealed that Mr Aaron Kaase, my erstwhile Protocol Officer, wanted to wed in May and needed money.

“He (Kaase) felt the quickest way was to connive with the journalist to extort money from me so they could share it, and so he could conduct his traditional wedding.

“The journalist was brought to my office by the officer in charge of SARS and his officers. The journalist confronted Aaron Kaase in the presence of the commissioners, permanent secretary, directors and other management staff of the PSC,” he said.

According to Okiro, “Kaase confirmed that he gave my phone number to the jounalist to call and demand N10 million.”

On suspension of Kaase from the commission, the chairman explained that it was done because Kaase was facing a criminal charge involving N1 million fraud.

He alleged that Kaase had been arrested and charged to court for allegedly defrauding someone of the money to secure for him a US visa which he failed to deliver.

Okiro said that Kaase’s suspension had nothing to do with the petition against him. (NAN)

•Photo shows Sir Okiro.

Source News Express

Posted 09/06/2015 06:22:58 AM

 

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