Assistant Police Commissioner Lands In Big Trouble, Asks To Refund All Entitlements Collected
The Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the compulsory retirement of an Assistant Commissioner of Police, James Idachaba, for allegedly falsifying his records including his age, thereby exceeding his retirement age in violation of the provisions of law.
Until his compulsory retirement, Idachaba was a police lawyer and OC Legal of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command.
The commission in a letter signed by the Head of IGP Monitoring Unit, ACP Ibrahim M. Musa in February requested the Plateau State Command to provide clarifications on Idachaba as the commission investigated his “discreditable conduct to wit falsification of record.”
The letter stated that the commission was investigating Idachaba’s record falsification case reported to the Inspector General of Police, in which he (Idachaba) whose rank was Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), was said to have served in Plateau Command between 1987 and 1995.
Pointing out that the need to seek certain clarification from the command had become imperative, the commission requested the Certified True Copy of Idachaba’s letter of posting to the command, details of his documentation as contained in the command’s register, his Gen60 form or attestation form and any other information that could assist in the investigation.
The letter which was addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Department of Finance and Administration, State Headquarters, Jo’s, Plateau State, Nigeria Police Force, read, “This office is investigating the above mentioned case reported to the Inspector General of Police, in which the aforementioned Officer was said to have served in your Commend between 1987-1995 and the need to seek for certain clarifications from your Command has become imperative.
“In view of the above, the Inspector General of Police directs you furnish the Unit with the Certified True Copy of the following documents;
i. The letter posting the officer to your Command,
ii. Details of his documentation as contained in your documentation register,
iii. Gen60 Form of the Officer (if any) or Attestation Form and;
iv. Any other information that may assist the ongoing investigation;
“This is humbly submitted for the information and consideration of the Commissioner of Police, DFA Jos, please.”
The approval for the compulsory retirement of the senior police officer was recently done as revealed in a statement in earlier in July in Abuja by the Head of Press and Public Relations of the commission, Ikechukwu Ani.
“The commission, during the plenary, also approved the compulsory retirement of an Assistant Commissioner and directed a refund of all entitlements wrongly paid to him,” Ani said in the statement.
Ani said the PSC took the decisions during its 21st Plenary Meeting presided over by retired Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, a retired judge.
According to a senior police officer who also confirmed the compulsory retirement of the Assistant Commissioner of Police from one of his orderlies, the compulsory retirement was because the officer has exceeded his retirement age.
He also confirmed that the officer has been asked to refund all the money paid to him during the time he remained in office after the expiration of his retirement age.
“What he is trying to do will cause him a lot of problems, because if your age is due for you to retire or you hide your age or maybe you think you are special, some of your colleagues will raise it up.
“His issue was that he is due for retirement but he hid and continued working. That is what is making him face the problem he is facing. He has passed 60 years and was due for retirement but he hid it; they want him to return all the money he illegally collected when he should have retired,” the senior officer said.