A NON-governmental organisation (NGO), Africa Youth Patriotic and Development Mission, has alleged clandestine Plots to implicate the Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), retired Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mike Okiro, over the accusations of fraud between the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Idris and Senator Isah Hamma Misau representing Bauchi Central.
The group said this in a statement issued by its Executive Director, Mr. Adefila Kamal in Abuja at the weekend.
Kamal claimed that the group gathered that an official of the PSC, who is on suspension over a case of fraud against him, “is holding clandestine meetings with some politicians, and some Social Media executives, with the sole aim of implicating the former IGP with frivolous allegations of official corruption”.
According to Kamal, “we got hint of their plots recently which had been on for over a week. They are yet to hatch their plots as they are still brainstorming on how to link Okiro to any concrete evidence of official corruption against him. As time appears to be running out on them to forestall leakage of their plots, they have, however, resorted in sponsoring some popular social media.
“As much as we cherish the good work some responsible social media are doing to sanitise the society, we urge them to refrain from being used by corrupt politicians or individuals in smearing the good image of prominent Nigerians, who have served the country meritoriously in their various professional callings.
“They should verify and confirm any case of allege corruption before publishing.
“The journalism profession is a noble one all over the world. And those who practice it should adhere strictly to its ethics for the society to continue to hold them with high esteem, which they deserve. They should not be vulnerable as tools for character assassination.”
In May 2015, the PSC official at the centre of the alleged smear campaign petitioned the ICPC over alleged misappropriation of about N275 million belonging to the commission by Okiro
“We submit with respect that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) report written after proper investigations against Okiro, contained no criminal liability,” the group said.