Police authorities clear the air on POWA shop scandal, order investigation

The Force Headquarters, Abuja have broken silence over the reported allegation of fraud in sales and allocation of Police Officers’ Wives Association (POWA) shops, now instituting a comprehensive investigation into the matter to get to its root.

Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, reacted to the media report that some shops belonging to POWA were sold fraudulently to multiple buyers, thereby causing rancour between the buyers, while the petitioners called for the Inspector-General of Police’s intervention.

Adejobi stated that the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command  had been directed to carry out thorough investigations into the matter and come up with a detailed report, just as he assured the aggrieved petitioners of justice.

“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,” he said.

The FPRO disclosed that the published allegations were traced to the previous POWA administrations, while, according to him, the current administration was, at no point, in the know; neither was the activities brought to its notice nor that of the Police authority.

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