Comfort Nnaji, Lagos
Investigation conducted by this reporter revealed that, among other reasons why the then AIG Ibrahim Idris was considered for appointment as Inspector General of Police by the selection committee constituted by President Muhammadu Buhari which comprised of the Chief of Staff, National Security Adviser and the D.G S.S.S., was that Idris who then returned to the state as the CP elections during the 2015 presidential elections, assisted the APC in ensuring that the party had a clean sweep or at best, he was assumed to maintain neutrality throughout the conduct of the election.
Recent events and information available to this reporter are however, to the contrary, for investigations revealed that the posting of then CP Ibrahim Idris, now IGP, to Kano to supervise the 2015 presidential elections was actually influenced by Namadi Sambo, then Vice President of Nigeria. Part of the reasons considered by some PDP stalwarts and the powers that be in Abuja was the cordial working relationship they had with him while he held sway as the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command before he was transferred out. Therefore, his being brought as CP Elections was not only homecoming but someone who could easily be trusted to do the hatchet job, considering the fact that his home state of Niger was under the control of the then ruling party (PDP).
His marching orders from Namadi Sambo were simple. He was to ensure that president Ebele Jonathan secures 25% of the votes cast to enable him fulfill the constitutional requirement which provides that, to be validly elected as Nigerian President, a candidate must have such percentage in two third states of the country.
Namadi Sambo, was desperate to prove to his boss, former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, that he was not a political paper weight as widely bandied by Jonathan’s political associates who were anxious to see Ebele Jonathan reelected. This perception almost cost his replacement with then Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema of Katsina State.
IGP Ibrahim Idris discretely maintained classified romance with PDP Governors, anchored by his friend, his Excellency, Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel who patronizes the IGP with contracts through one of his fronts, Emmanuel Umar, who masquerades as IGP Ibrahim Idris Security Consultant.
Since inception, under the cover of official visit, either the IGP (Ibrahim Idris) and his wife, Barrister Asmau have visited Akwa Ibom to keep tab on some of the patronages Governor Emmanuel Gabriel Udom dispenses to him and members of his house hold. This is in anticipation of the role Ibrahim Idris will play in any upcoming election in favor of the opposition, PDP.
It is in the prosecution of this set objective that a Security Summit was put together by Emmanuel Umar, a retired junior personnel of the Department of State Services (S.S.S.), which took place at Ibom hall, Uyo, Akwa Ibom, on the 3rd of October, 2017. This reporter reliably gathered that a secret meeting between Ibrahim Idris and the PDP Governors held at the government house where the Governors secured his commitment to ensure that their states will be safe from the marauding APC tsunami that engulfed PDP states in Northern parts in the 2015 general elections that has rewritten the history of political electioneering where no incumbent Nigerian President has ever lost an election.
In order to divert the attention of the ruling party from this high wired sabotage, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State often staged media bickering with IGP Ibrahim Idris, even to the ridiculous level of quit notices to some Sections of the Rivers State Police Command on certain government buildings occupied by its personnel. However, from the pictures captured, the body language of the IGP betrayed him during the Security Summit as he was seen hugging and saluting Governor Wike, who they want Nigerians to believe is his sworn enemy.
Further investigation also revealed that since the revelation by the Daily Independent, that the Presidency has been shopping for a new IGP and three DIGs and three AIGs are said to have been screened. IGP Ibrahim Idris has lost sleep where he has not only become antagonistic to everyone, especially DIG Hycent Dagala of the FCIID who he had engaged in a brawl on several occasions, accusing him of sabotage. He has also engaged the services of marabouts where ACP Abba Kyari is said to have been allocated huge sums of money to travel to Yobe and Maiduguri to recruit marabouts for special prayers, while ACP Yusuf Kolo has bugged the mobile phone numbers of all senior officers in the Force Headquarters, Force CID and other Police Officers suspected of disloyalty. Police officers now talk in hush voices and have practically abandoned their phones. The fear of mobile phones in IGP Idris administration is the beginning of wisdom.
He has also engaged the services of some prominent Northern Emirs such as Etsu Nupe, Emir of Kano, Emir of Lafia and the services of his wife, Princess Barrister Asmau, who he sent with some Ghana Must Go bags to the Emir of Daura. He has also sought the intervention of General Abdusalami Abubakar, some retired Generals presumed to be close to the President and a close relation of the President in the Villa, all in a desperate bid to save his job. He has also recruited Senator Godswill Akpabio, the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, to assist him to intervene with the probe by the Senate.
He (Akpabio) is also to see the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, either on Monday or Tuesday to reciprocate the IGP’s gesture over the Akwa Ibom 2.4 Billion Naira Fraud in a typical African adage of ‘I scrub your back and you scrub mine too’ over the Tribune Newspaper publication which gave an insight into the corruption sleaze in the state.
Comfort Nnaji is an investigative Journalist from Lagos