‘Fisayo Soyombo, Founder FIJ detained at the Force headquarters, Abuja

‘Fisayo Soyombo, Founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism  (FIJ), is currently being detained at the Force headquarters, Abuja, by  the Police.

Soyombo was on a long trip on November 23 when he received an SMS that  read: “Good Afternoon sir, this office is conducting an investigation in  which your name and phone number featured, in view of this, you are to  interview the Head, IGP Monitoring Unit on the 29th November, 2021 by 1000hrs at 1st Floor, Force Hqtrs, Abuja. Thanks.“

Knowing he committed no offence, he honoured the police invitation on Monday, days after returning from the trip, only to discover it was in connection to a story exposing the award of transit police camp projects that do not exist to the tune of the contract sums.

READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE: Egbunike, Head of Abba Kyari Probe Panel, Joined Others to Approve N1bn for Fake Police Camp Projects…

Back in August, FIJ had reported how, in his former role as Commissioner  of Police in charge of Budget and Finance at the Nigeria Police Force  Headquarters, Joseph Egbunike, head of the police internal panel probing  Abba Kyari’s indictment in a recent FBI report on fraud conspiracy,  joined other police chiefs to approve more than N1billion for sham  police transit camps project in Benue, Bauchi, Plateau, Katsina and Kano  states. However, FIJ’s visit to the project locations revealed that  nothing or little had been done — three years later.

On a visit to the over N245million transit camp in Riyom, Plateau State,  for instance, FIJ found two uncompleted bungalows and a few mobile  buildings on an expanse of land, with our real estate expert who  examined the project reporting: “Look at that building in red roof,  which happens to be a police station in the camp, with N9million or  N10million, you can raise that building up to that level.”

FIJ understands that 11 lawyers loyal to Egbunike petitioned Usman  Alkali, the Inspector General of Police, over the story, asking for the  “prosecution” of those behind it for defamation under the Penal Code. 
The 11 lawyers loyal to DIG Egbunike are led by one Stefan Onome  Okorodudu and they claim to operate under a joint mandate as “Concerned  Lawyers in defence of the Nigeria Police and its officers from the 
peddling and publication of falsehood”.

Meanwhile, the Police have yet  to offer any explanations on the use to which the transit camp funds were put, and why the structures in the five states do not represent 
anything close to the huge sums of money awarded for them.

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