Lagos-based legal practitioner, Mohammed Fawehinmi has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, demanding an audit of the Nigerian Police account.
Mr Fawehinmi submitted that the fundamental principles of openness, transparency, public debate, and accountability are central to our democracy.
The letter is reproduced hereunder:
Mohammed Fawehinmi, Esq
9a, Ademola Close, off Remi Fani-Kayode Avenue, GRA Ikeja, Lagos.
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 08035172936
OPEN LETTER TO MR. PRESIDENT
Thursday, March 28, 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR
Executive President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces
Of The Federal Republic of Nigeria,
Office of the President
Aso Rock Villa
Three Arms Zone
YOUR RECENT INCREMENT OF THE SALARIES OF THE MEMBERS OF THE NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE
I write to you at this penultimate period to your second swearing –in as the next President of Nigeria come May 29th 2019. I recall vividly as many well-meaning Nigerians would remember the increment in the salaries of all the policemen all over the Federation.
Your Excellency, as a man who is closest to the rank and file of the police and having conducted my own private investigation with several other lawyers who were overwhelmed with joy when the announcement was made, it has been discovered that during the era of the erstwhile Inspector-General of Police in the person of Mr. Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, we discovered that the funds were not remitted to the rank and file.
Your Excellency, regardless of the flaws of the lower rank of the Nigerian Police, which has been experienced by the society as a whole in practically every state, we still appreciate their sense of duty and the protection they offer to us.
We are aware that the incumbent acting Inspector-General of Police Mr. Mohammed Adamu is requesting for more funds for better efficiency and effectiveness of the Nigerian Police Force.
Your Excellency, we humbly request for an internal audit to know where and to whom the money has been released. We would appreciate this gesture from your Excellency, if this matter is taken as top priority, and the Commissioners of each state are given the authority to disburse the necessary funds to the rank and file of the Police Force in each state.
Your Excellency, finally, we appreciate your zeal in curbing corruption, putting in place the much needed infrastructure and your willingness to ensure security in Nigeria is top notch.
I wish you the very best and continue to hope and pray that Almighty Allah gives you the strength to finish the job.
God bless you Mr. President, God bless your family, God bless the people of Nigeria and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Mohammed Fawehinmi, Esq.