BY AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja –
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has placed a deputy commissioner of Police (DCP), Abdul Yari S Lafia, on suspension with effect from November 14, 2017.
Lafia, who was the aide-de-camp (ADC) to Vice President Atiku Abubakar from 1999 until he was removed by Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, in 2005 following the crisis of confidence between the two then helmsmen, was suspended by the IGP on the instruction of the Police Service Commission (PSC).
According to the document sighted by the LEADERSHIP, Lafia’s suspension was approved by the Commission for disobedience to the lawful order, divided loyalty, sabotage, corruption, misappropriation, breach of proper channel of communication, absence from duty, refusal to respond to queries and acts unbecoming of a public officer.
This was contained in a letter dated November 14, 2017 addressed to the IGP which was signed by the permanent secretary and secretary to the Commission, M.F. Istifanus.
“From the facts presented, the Commission is convinced that a prima facie case, the nature of which is serious, has been established against the officer. Accordingly, and in line with Section 030406 of the Public Service Rules, the Commission has given approval that AP 41804 DCP Abdul Yari S Lafia be placed on suspension from duty in the service of the Nigeria Police with effect from 14th November, 2017.
“The Commission should be informed of any further development on the matter”, the Commission stated.
Lafia’s ordeal began when the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil Kano reported to the IGP in a letter dated November 9, 2017 that that the DCP has been absent from duty for 43 days.
In a letter titled, “Report of absence from duty against Lafia contrary to Section 344 CAP P15 LFN 2004 as amended”, it was stated that up till the time of writing, Lafia has failed to return to his duty post as DC Courses.
The academy told the IGP that Lafia also failed to report to the Force Disciplinary Committee for some sundry offences.
“Based on all this, I hereby recommend an appropriate disciplinary action to be taken against him. After all, had he any reason to ignore the interview directive, part-Code of Conduct Section 352 (5) would have addressed that”.
Meanwhile, Lafia has written a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, against the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, calling for investigations into how the police chief managed series of corruption cases referred to the police in recent months.
Lafia, had served as Chief of Criminal Intelligence of the Nigerian Police until he was redeployed to Police College, Kano.
The petition was also copied to the Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Minister of Interior, National Security Adviser, chairman, Police Service Commission and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission (ICPC).
According to Lafia, he was being persecuted by the IGP and was left with no other option but to convey his travails to Buhari and the National Assembly.
He alleged: “The reason for my current travail is that I refused to be a conduit pipe in conveying monies as proceeds of bribe, popularly known as ‘returns’ to IGP Ibrahim Idris on high profile fraud and corruption cases running into billions of naira and millions of dollars, which I have, at one time or the other, investigated or provided intelligence for investigators on.”