Why Officers Attached to Kano Anti-Graft Agency were Withdrawn- Police

Amidst outcry generated by the sudden withdrawal of police officers attached to the Kano State Anti-graft agency, the State Police Command has said that it withdrew the officers for thorough investigation over their alleged involvement in conducting activities within the agency outside their official assignments.

The Police Command said the action followed series of complaints it received through its complaints unit that officers attached to the commission are allegedly involved in arrests and interrogations carried out by the commission against their primary duty of providing security to the commission.

The BBC Hausa reported the command’s spokesman Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa as saying that the action become necessary in order to investigate the activities of officers attached to the anti-graft agency from 2015, a year that the agency was established.

Kiyawa said the move become necessary in order for the police authorities in the state to investigate its personnel conduct in the agency, as a way of checkmating their involvement in activities outside their operational guidelines, adding that it is evident that its personnel have deviated from their official assignments.

He however, said a similar activity was conducted by police authorities in the past and the personnel were reassigned back to their duty posts after the exercise, adding that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has ordered that all personnel who are cleared after the investigation be returned to their duty posts.

The Kano State Command according to the statement said the agency should write to the IGP if it  require additional manpower for special assignments outside what the IGP approved.

WikkiTimes recalled that IGP Egbetokun, has ordered for the withdrawal of about 40 police officers attached to the Kano anti-graft agency headed by Muhiyi Magaji Rimin Gado, who vow to continue the probe of alleged dollar bribe video involving the APC National Chairman and immediate past governor of the state, Umar Abdullahi Ganduje.

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