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EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Police Boss, Baba, Compels Commissioners, Other Senior Officers To Raise Millions Of Naira To ‘Celebrate Retiring Deputies’

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Police Boss, Baba, Compels Commissioners, Other Senior Officers To Raise Millions Of Naira To ‘Celebrate Retiring Deputies’
September 30, 2022

The New DAWN Newspaper is a publication of the Nigeria Police Force.

The Nigerian Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has mandated all senior officers to place advertisements in the Force magazine, New DAWN for two retiring Deputy Inspectors General of Police, Zama Bala Senchi and Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim.

The New DAWN Newspaper is a publication of the Nigeria Police Force.

While Senchi is expected to retire on October 5, 2022, Ibrahim will be leaving the police force on November 26, 2022.

A source told SaharaReporters that all AIGs, Commissioners, Formation Heads, and Squadron Commanders have been ordered to cough up N350,000 each to place full-page colour “goodwill messages in honour of the two retiring officers for their selfless services” on the New DAWN magazine,” a senior police officer told SaharaReporters.

“Please, where did the IGP expect these people to get these funds from? How much is even their basic salary? It’s glaring he doesn’t mind how these senior officers get the money for the project, whether through corrupt means or otherwise, he does not care.

“The directive has made these senior officers to do everything through corrupt means to raise money just to satisfy the ego of the IGP and keep their positions too. Here in Borno, the police commissioner has ordered DPOs and others to as well bring N10,000 each so as to give to those doing the magazine.”

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The amount to be raised will automatically run into millions of naira. 

Police signal exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters also confirmed IGP Baba’s directive.

The signal reads, “CB: 4300/BRE/VOL. T/27 X FOLLOWING MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM PRESSFOR ABUJA X IS HEREUNDER RELAYED X BEGINS X THE NEW DAWN NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION X CONGRATULATORY/GOODWILL MESSAGES X GRATEFUL BE INFORMED THAT X NIGPOL DOPS X AND NIGPOL DLS X DIG ZAMA BALA SENCHI psc (.) AND DIG ZANNA MOHAMMED IBRAHIM mni X HAVE SUCCESSFULLY SERVED OUT THEIR STAUTORY YEARS MERITORIOUSLY X IN SERVICE OF THE NATION X THEY ARE DUE TO RETIRE ON 5th OCTOBER 2022 X AND 26th NOVEMBER 2022 RESPECTIVELY X INGENPOL HAS DIRECTED THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE NEW DAWN NEWSPAPER X TO PUBLISH THE NEXT EDITION OF THE NEW DAWN NEWSPAPER IN THEIR HONOUR X TO THIS END X AIGZONS X COMPOLS X FORMATION HEAD X PMF SQUADRON COMMANDERS X SPU COMMANDERS X ARE ENJOINED TO PLACE GOODWILL MESSAGES MARK OF HONOUR FOR THEIR SELFLESS SERVICES IN THE FORCE X IN RESPECT OF THE ABOVE X FULL PAGE COLOR N350,000 X HALF PAGE COLOR N200,000 X PAYMENTS SHOULD BE IN FAVOUR OF ACCOUNT X DANSANDA (THE NIGERIA POLICE MAGAZINE) X ACCOUNT NO. 1017977589 X SORT CODE 033083696 X BANK NAME UBA X FOR FUTHER ENQUIRIES CONTACT EDITOR ON 08033867284 X YOUR TIMELY RESPONSE IN THIS REGARD IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED X TREAT AS VERY IMPORTANT PLEASE X ENDS X COMPOL DIRECTS ALL HODs ARE TO DONATE FROM N10,000 AND ABOVE EACH FOR THE EVENT X ENSURE THIS IS DONE IN GOOD TIME X CONSIDERING THE FAST APPROACHING DATELINES X PLEASE.”

In a 2019 public survey by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project titled “Corruption Perception Survey”, the Nigeria Police Force emerged as the most corrupt public institution in the country, sharply ahead of the power sector.

The survey said, "A bribe is paid in 54 per cent of interactions with the police. In fact, there is a 63 per cent probability that an average Nigerian would be asked to pay a bribe each time he or she interacted with the police. That is almost two out of three."