Solomon Arase, inspector-general of police, says it is untrue that he redeployed policemen from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to weaken the agency. PREMIUM TIMES last week published a story in which Arase was alleged to have directed that police officers who have spent more than five years with agency be withdrawn. The online newspapers equally suggested that the move targeted officers handling key investigations. Admitting to have given the order, Arase explained that the withdrawal was customary to the police and affected other government agencies to which policemen are deployed. Such agencies include the FIRS and ICPC.
He said Larmorde specifically requested for retention of some of the affected officers, a request he claimed to oblige. Arase also said that some of the policemen deployed on special assignments always return to show they have lost touch with regular police operations.