Group Urges Presidency to Post FIRS to Force Headquarters

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As a way of contributing to the promotion of the principle of accountability and transparency, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has suggested that officials of the Federal Inland Revenue services (FIRS), should be deployed to police headquarters and state commands to take inventory of donations and cash payments made to the Force by corporate bodies and individuals.

Besides, the rights group said it had resolved to send a letter to the Federal Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Folorunsho Adewole, to urge him to partner the National Assembly to introduce a legislation banning the sale of cigarettes to teenagers by ensuring that when in doubt, cigarettes’ sellers should demand for birth certificates from the customers before selling as is the practice in most developed societies. The group said this policy would check health hazards and reduce incidents of social maladies.

The pro-transparency and non-governmental organisation, in a statement yesterday, said it made the observations on the need to post officials of FIRS to the Force headquarters and police state commands against the backdrop of the allegation that the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, diverts at least N10 billion monthly generated from sundry payments by crude oil companies, embassies and rich individuals to the police for deployment of armed security operators to work for these patrons.

Senator Isah Hamma Misau recently alleged that 50,000 policemen attached to oil companies, banks, and private individuals, make regular payments to the police authorities even as these monies were estimated to run into billions of naira and are diverted.

To this end, HURIWA called for thorough investigation of the widespread allegation of diversion of billions of revenues.

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