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CSOs, others ask IGP to resign within 5 days over corruption allegations

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A group known as Coalition of Civil Society Groups for Integrity and Justice (CCSGIJ), has demanded for the resignation of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris within 5 working days.

The group comprising of various groups, made the demand at a press briefing in Abuja on Sunday, October 8.

It was gathered that the groups are Lawyers Integrity Crusade Network (LICN), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), National Youth Democratic Congress (NYDC) and other Civil Society Organizations.

According to them, the allegations against the police boss were overwhelming, adding that the IGP should bow out of to salvage the image of the police force and the country in general.

IGP Idris had come under intense criticism lately, owing to various allegations levelled against him by the senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isah Hamma Misau.

Senator Misau alleged that the IGP was engaging in promotion racketeering andtaking bribe as much as N15 million before posting commissioners of policeand state mobile commanders.

Misau also alleged that the police boss receives N10 billion monthly from oil companies and other private individualswho enjoy special protection from the police The senator who is a former police officer, also alleged thatthe IGP Is having illicit affairs with female officersand secretly married one of them.

“Mr Idris has lost the integrity and moralstanding to lead the Nigeria Police Force.

“The Attorney-General of the Federation and minister of justice should perform his duties creditably by advising President Muhammadu Buhari to remove IGP Idris from office within 5 (five) working days, from tomorrow Monday, October 9,”the group announced.

They also frowned at the continuous sealing off of the National Headquartersof the Peace Corps of Nigeria, since the arrest of some officers of the corps earlier this year.

According to the group, the Peace Corps office was sealed off by the Police for 9 months running, based on mere allegations, adding that, the force has no moral ground to clamp down on a youths based organisation such as Peace Corps of Nigeria.

“We fear that, the posture taken by IGP Idris against the Peace Corps of Nigeria and its leaders, if not checked, is capable of leading to a chaotic situation where the overwhelming population of Nigerian youths who are benefiting fromthe Corps could take the law into their own hands to obtain justice,”the group said.

They called on the police boss to order the immediate reopen of the Peace Corps office and cease forthwith,“the needless harassment of its officers across the country.

”Meanwhile, veteran journalist, Kemi Olunloyo has threatened to sue IGP Idris for ordering her arrest over a story she did few months back.

Olunloyo, who is also the daughter of a former governor, had done a story alleging that actress Iyabo Ojo and Pastor David Ibiyeomie were in an amorous relationship.

Olunloyo claims thatthe IGP allegedly received the sum of N1 billion from Pastor Ibiyeomieto arrest her. She demanded an apology from the IGP or be prepared to meet her in court.

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