The Immediate past Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase has denied allegations that 19 assorted vehicles belonging to the police force were recovered from him.
A Special Investigation Panel set up by Arase’s successor, Ibrahim Idris had revealed over the weekend, that vehicles to include sedans, Sports Utility Vehicles and pick-up vans were recovered from the former police boss.
The ex-IGP, in a statement he personally signed on Monday morning, stated that it was clear that some forces were bent on tarnishing his image.
According to him, he did not take any police vehicle with him outside what he was entitled to.
He further warned that he would not hesitate to seek legal redress if those desperate to tarnish his image fail to desist.
The statement read, “It is embarrassing for me to wake up on Monday morning to be inundated with calls and messages on purported 19 vehicles recovered from me. I wish to reassure the general public that there was nothing like that.
“Like I said in July, I did not take any police vehicle with me outside what I am entitled to, and so, there couldn’t have been any vehicle recovered from me. If there was any such, those behind this campaign of calumny should please make the number plates of the vehicles public and where they were recovered from.
“Rather than dissipating so much energy on ‘project drag Arase down’, I urge those behind this evil campaign to face their official responsibility for which much is expected from them by the nation. I have done my bit and my own records bear me witness. Let those daily frightened by the shadow of Arase learn to face reality and stop chasing shadows so that they are not hunted by same.”