Detectives attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Lagos State Police Command, have quizzed a policeman, Sgt. Nwagha Bale, over the alleged disappearance of a crime diary from his custody.
It was learnt that Bale, who is the crime recorder and custodian of
the Area ‘E’ Police Command, FESTAC Town, Lagos, could not provide the
crime diary when he was asked to produce it.
It was gathered that the missing diary contained details of a case
linked to an assistant commissioner of police in charge of one of the
area commands in the state.
A police source told our correspondent that the case was “incidented” in the missing crime diary on July 9, 2012.
He added that it was discovered that the diary had gone missing when
the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, demanded it.
The source said, “A signal was sent to Bale’s area commander that he
should make himself available to the SCID on Tuesday and he was quizzed
between 10:40 am and noon.
“The Inspector-General of Police who is interested in the case,
assigned the SCID to investigate the circumstances surrounding the
disappearance of the diary and that was why he was invited for
“He is the number one suspect in the disappearance of the diary. This
is so because his duty is to keep all crime diaries both exhausted ones
and those in use as well as render details and statistics when he is
asked to do so.”
However, the details of the case involving the assistant commissioner of police could not be ascertained as at press time.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command,
Ngozi Braide, confirmed to our correspondent on the telephone that Bale
was quizzed at the SCID.
Braide however said that the file that was missing was an “exhausted routine diary.”
She said, “I just called the area commander in charge of Area ‘E’ and
he told me that it was the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of
State Criminal Investigation Department that invited Bale for an
“The missing document is an exhausted routine diary and not a crime
diary. The routine diary got exhausted sometimes last year and they are
just looking for it and it is nothing serious.”