Zanna Ibrahim has been removed from his post as Commissioner of Police in Delta State and directed to complete a course in security studies.
Speaking to our correspondents, one police officer in the state expressed relief that Mr. Ibrahim was removed, describing him as a neophyte with an “awkward and tyrannical pattern of leadership that rendered the state porous and made bullion van robberies an incessant occurrence.”
A police wireless signal seen by SaharaReporters showed that Mr. Ibrahim and other high-ranking officials at various police commands have been instructed to take a course at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, near Jos, Plateau State.
Another police signal, signed by Sergeant Ibrahim Saidu, revealed that Haruna Huzi Mshelia will replace Mr. Ibrahim as police commissioner in Delta State.
The documents also showed over ten senior police officers who were affected in the redeployment and posted as commissioners of police.
A source revealed to SaharaReporters that Mr. Ibrahim had been collecting N25 million every month during his tenure as police commissioner.
“Zanna has been asked to produce on a course in Jos but he never wanted to leave Delta State. He is supposed to have proceeded to the course, and he pleaded with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to intervene.
“It is a known fact that the CP collects N25 million every month from the governor as a security vote which is diverted to his private pocket. As soon he got the police signal on his course, he pleaded with the governor to kindly release to him N12.5 million of the monthly N25 million,” he said.
Expressing joy over the commissioner’s removal, a senior police officer at the area command in Asaba said, “since the coming of CP Zanna to Delta State, the state has witnessed serious organized crimes like kidnapping, the assassination of top cops and bank robberies. The resurgence of the above crimes recently is due to the cruel, obnoxious and repugnant conduct of the CP, which has greatly killed the morale of the junior ranks with the fighting unit of the force.
“Zanna’s corrupt and tyrannical acts have led several crack officers to run away from Delta to neighboring states like an Anambra and Edo, thereby leaving the responsibility of checkmating armed banditry in Delta in the hands of an amateur. Under Zanna, the DPO of ‘C’ division, SP Valentine Mbalu, was kidnapped and murdered, and DSP Emmanuel German, OC SARS, Ughelli, was kidnapped and murdered.
“Area commander Ughelli, ACP Mohd Ndababo, was also killed. Robbers attacked policemen from the operations department in Asaba near Issele Uku while on a bank escort, killing two officers, injuring three and carting away N245 million being transported by a UBA bullion van from Agbor to Asaba. A month ago, a British missionary doctor was kidnapped and killed and just on Friday last week, another set of robbers attacked another UBA bullion van at Koka Junction Asaba and successfully carted away a whopping $2m.
“The reign of Zanna promoted robbery instead of checkmating it; nearly all gallant officers in Delta State have been chased away while the remaining few ones are posted to guard private companies, petrol stations, politicians, and private individuals on a commercial basis thereby leaving few poorly motivated and poorly armed to provide weak security for a state like Delta. We are calling on the EFCC and the police Inspector General to investigate Zanna and his henchman, SP Dadi Masoyi, in charge of SARS,” a SARS senior officer in Asaba stated.
When contacted as at the time of filing in the report, the state police public relations officer, (PPRO), Andrew Aniamaka, Deputy Superintendent of Police, denied the removal of Zanna Ibrahim as Delta State police commissioner.