The inspector General (IGP) of Police has requested the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment to provide additional documents and information to the Force, to enable further investigation into a case of criminal conversion of Property, Misappropriation and Breach of Trust against Phantom Digital Technologies Services Limited, as well as alleged breach of the Public Procurement Act, 2007, by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Evelyn Ngige.
The investigation followed a petition by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment over a contract for the supply of 14 vehicles undertaken by Phantom Digital Technologies Services Limited.
In a letter dated March 14, 2023, and addressed to the Minister of Trade and Investment, the IGP is requesting the Letter of Award of the contract and additional information on the the supply of “fourteen (14) Pickup Vehicles (Mikano ZN Rich 6 X4 Petrol Engine)”.
Signed by the Head IGP Monitoring Unit, ACP Ibrahim M. Musa, the letter sighted by DIPLOMATICDIARY, reads: “The Honourable Minister would recall that a case of Criminal Conversion of Property, Criminal Misappropriation and Breach of Trust was reported to the Inspector-General of Police by your Ministry through written petitions referenced T/FAL/23012/S.30123/53 and T/FAL/23012/S.30123/54 all dated 9th September, 2022, against Uchola Emmanuel Ina and Abubakar Dangaladima respectively.
“That while investigation progressed, Phantom Digital Technologies Services Limited also wrote a counter petition dated 25h November, 2022 to the Inspector General of Police alleging the contravention of the Public Procurement Act, against Permanent Secretaiy, Federal Miistry of Inidustiy, Trade and Investment and the Inspector General of Police directed same for investigation;
“During the course of the investigation, request was extended to
Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), and in their response vides a letter referenced BPP/S.1/CCM/23/Vol.I/232 and dated March 08, 2023, stated that:
I. the Letter of Award was not received by the Bureau, and;
Ii. Demanded your Office to furnish additional information on the Contract Award for the supply of fourteen (14) Pickup Vehicles (Mikano ZN Rich 6 X4 Petrol Engine);
“In view of the above, you are kindly requested to graciously furnish
this Office with the documents as listed in their letter under reference (copy attached) to enable timely conclusion of the investigation.
“While anticipating your usual cooperation, accept the warm regards of the inspector General of Police, please.”