The Nigeria Police Force, has dissociated the wife of the Inspector-General of Police wife, and the current President of the Police Officers’ Wives Association (POWA), Hajia Hajara Alkali Baba from the allegation bothering on alleged fraud in sales and allocation of Police Officers’ Wives Association (POWA) shops in Lagos. In a statement signed by the Police Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi on behalf of the Nigerian Police, Adejobi noted that there was a petition and a publication in the media alleging that some shops belonging to POWA were sold fraudulently to multiple buyers causing commotion between the buyers, thereby making petitioners call for the Inspector-General of Police intervention.
According to Adejobi, discrete investigations have been ordered into the alleged fraud concerning the POWA shops.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, has been mandated to carry out thorough investigations into the matter, and come up with a detailed report. Aggrieved petitioners are urged to remain calm as the Force will unravel, as well as ensure justice in the matter.
“The Nigeria Police Force, has however dissociated the wife of the IGP, and current President of the Police Officers’ Wives Association (POWA), Hajia Hajara Alkali Baba, and the Association from the allegation following the new POWA policy, upon her assumption of office, not to engage in, or take as priority, the construction or sales of market stalls, shops, and the likes. Rather, the present POWA administration has vigorously focused on, and engaged in providing robust welfare packages for wives of police officers as well as widows and families of deceased police officers, and putting smiles on the faces of those in pains,” Force Spokesperson explained.
Meanwhile, Police reiterated that the published allegations were traced to the previous POWA administrations adding that the current administration was at no point in the know, and neither was the activities brought to its notice or that of the Police authority and has assured that the allegations will be thoroughly investigated and if meritorious, all persons complicit in the matter will be dealt with appropriately.