MOPOL training school not in IGP’s hometown, police clarify
The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has said that the Mobile Police (MOPOL) training school in Nasarawa State is not sited in the hometown of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.
An online medium had accused the IGP of illegally raising millions of naira for the construction of a police training school in his hometown.
Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, disclosed in Abuja yesterday that the report was “published to blackmail and impugn the credibility of strategic leaders of the country in an apparent attempt to advance ignoble and unpatriotic intentions.”
Mba said the training school in Nasarawa was built with the support of the state government and several corporate bodies.
“The insinuation that the IGP sited the facility ‘in his hometown of Endehu in Nasarawa’ is also utterly misleading. For the avoidance of doubt, Endehu is not the hometown of IGP Adamu. He is, on the contrary, from Lafia,” Mba said.
He added that the police had instructed the legal team to initiate action against the online medium over the defamatory components of the report.
“In the report, spurious allegations were made to the effect that IGP Adamu was involved in a multi-billion naira fraudulent scheme. The publication, which referenced several unnamed and unverifiable sources, alleged, essentially, that the IGP ‘used his office to unlawfully compel and, in fact, threaten mobile police commanders into generating millions of naira monthly through illegal means for the purpose of establishing a MOPOL Training School in his hometown of Endehu in Nasarawa State’.”
According to him, the establishment of the training school was informed by overriding national security consideration to strengthen the operational capacity of the special forces of the police.
His words: “It is on record that the parcel of land where the institution was sited was donated to the police with the Certificate of Occupancy, which the governor of Nasarawa publicly presented to the police. The acquisition of the land was, therefore, without any financial commitment by the police.
“The only involvement of some squadron commanders was to ensure the delivery of some of the construction materials donated by the corporate bodies. Hence, the allegation that the IGP ‘had each squadron commander cough out nothing less than N500,000 monthly for the purpose of erecting different structures in the training school’ is a preposterous and feeble attempt to discredit the innovative reasoning that engendered the successful implementation of the critical national security asset that the facility represents.”
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