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Ex-IGP Ehindero diverted N16m from Police Money- ICPC tells court

Tafa Balaogun appears not to be the only corrupt former Inspector General of Police, IGP, afterall, as an anti-corruption agency has alleged that former IGP, Sunday Ehindero was also corrupt.

The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) yesterday told an Abuja High Court that former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Sunday
Ehindaro has obtained as interest N16million out of the N557.9 million donated to the Nigeria Police Force by the Bayelsa state government.

The anti-graft agency claimed that its investigations revealed that the IGP Ehindaro diverted the sum which was donated to the Nigeria
Police Force (NPF) by the Bayelsa Government.

An ICPC Investigator, Mr. Olayinka Adebayo, revealed yesterday at the resumed trial of the ex-police boss while being cross-examined by
Ehindero’s lawyer, Chief Dr. Alex Iziyon (SAN) .

Adebayo, told Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi that the money was paid in cash to Ehindero by Intercontinental bank.

The prosecution witness said that the money was donated for the procurement of arms, ammunition and riot control equipment.

He also said that when the ICPC invited the accused persons, they could not account for how the money was being spent.

Adebayo had earlier testified that he led an investigation team which discovered that the money was paid by aanother former IGP Hafiz
Ringim, who was then Commissioner of Police in Bayesa.

He equally alleged that the accused persons placed N200 million out of the amount in a fixed deposit account at the Intercontinental bank
Plc, where it had generated an interest of N16.5 million.

According to Adebayo, during the cause of investigation, the team visited Bayelsa to get evidence of when the money was approved.

It will  recalled that Ehindero pleaded not guilty to the six-count criminal charge that was preferred against him by the ICPC.

He was docked alongside a former Commissioner of Police in-charge of Budget, Mr. John Obaniyi.

Justice Oniyangi, adjourned the case to June 27, for continuation of trial.

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