Security File with Enani Benson
As the one-month ultimatum given to contractors handling police projects nationwide by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Dikko Abubakar, expires, some contractors are yet to complete the abandoned projects.
According to a top police officer at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, a stern warning has been given to all the contractors over the project with effect from March 2, 2014 to fulfill their contractual agreement or face prosecution by the police.
The police force was said to have so far paid a total of N8.2 billon to the contractors for the contracts but these contractors had either abandoned the jobs or had nothing on ground to show for the money collected.
Abubakar was said to have given the affected contractors two months within which to commence work on the sites.
WESTERN POST learnt the ultimatum expired on May 2, 2014.
“The order was handed down following the comprehensive reports by Special Task Team charged with authenticating and verifying the projects, levels of work and their completion dates nationwide,” a police source said.
According to the source, “in its preliminary investigation reports, the Special Task Team identified the following inconsistencies in the execution of police capital project across the country:
“A total of 223 projects were abandoned after contractors received the sum of N8.2 billion. Several projects for which initial payments were made were also observed to have been executed outside specifications, while others were not done at all in spite of the said payments”.
The source noted that although police formations and commands are allocated the total sum of N10 billion for execution of various projects nationwide, there was no sign of the execution of a total of 233 projects for which the contractors had been paid.
Police Force Public Relations’Officer Frank Mba, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), confirmed that some contractors had been warned to fulfill their contractual agreements with the Nigeria police.
He said: “In view of the observations, the IGP wishes to put the Nigeria Police on notice that all those who have been awarded contracts and paid monies but failed to execute such contracts or executed them outside the stipulated specifications of the contract, will be arrested and prosecuted by the police”.