Following the release of the report on the allegation of over N375.5 million fraud at the Police Service Commission (PSC) by one of its suspended staff, Aaron Kaase, the commission has said that it has been vindicated and that is it open to verification.
Special assistant on media to the chairman of the commission, Supreme Ibitomi, stated this in an interview with Daily Independent in Abuja, on Monday.
The allegation of fraud had been a source of controversy, such that a pro-transparency non-governmental organisation, (NGO), Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), stepped in to investigate the matter as an independent party.
After its investigation, the group said its findings showed a that there were doubts on the credibility of Kaase’s allegations.
“Our findings shows that the said suspended staff may have embarked on a journey of vendetta and a grudge mission, apparently feeling disappointed that the chairman of the Police Service Commission refused to use his influence within the police circle to shield him from any police arrest and subsequent arraignment before the court of law for alleged visa scam (allegations) made by a non-staff of the commission at the Zone 7 Command of the Nigeria Police Force Abuja.
“We were told that the said petitioner may also be nursing deep grudges of being transferred out of the protocols unit within the office of the chairman, against all the internal protests he raised to stay on in that specific protocols unit,” the NGO said.
HURIWA further explained in its report that: “We are aware that the commission has swiftly denied the allegation, maintaining there is a balance of N133.6 million unspent in the commission’s bank account but the alleged threats to his life raised by the petitioner drew our attention to this matter, which made us to probe further upon which we stumbled on some documentations including payment mandates effected with the general election staff training funding release made to the PSC from the office of the National Security Adviser to immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan, Col. Sambo Dasuki.
“Those documents we have seen show that indeed there is no shred of evidence to back those range of allegations,” HURIWA said.
Ibitomi added hat the commission is open to further verification from members of the public, as, according to him: “We have nothing to hide.”