The Senate Committee on Public Accounts has asked the Nigerian Police authorities to submit to it the records of appropriation and implementation of the budgets on the Nigerian Police College for the past five years.
The committee chairman, Senator Ahmed Lawan said in an interview that the budgetary documents would be the point of commencement of investigation by the committee before further actions are taken.
He said, “We are asking the police authorities to submit the documents first. We are going back in five years, because we know that the rot in the police college did not start last year; it has been there for a very long time.”
He said the committee was not inviting anyone for now, because they did not think those invited would provide them with what they want to hear.
He also promised that this probe would be thorough and different from previous Senate probes.
Lawan said, “As the Senate’s Public Accounts Committee, we operate differently. It will not be the usual invitation of people and then hold a public hearing.
“We will be take a careful look at what has happened, and we suspect that other agencies of the Police are involved. We will move from this stage to the other so that we can get to the bottom of the problem.”
The rot in the police has been in the news since Channels Television showed pictures of the degraded state of the police college in Ikeja.
The executive had already set up a committee to investigate the situation at the college, with a view to proffering corrective measures to the problems of the institution.