LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) Lahore chapter has arrested the former Station House Officer (SHO) Barki police station on charges of corruption on Tuesday.
The accused, Naveed Azam is facing charges of providing ‘protection’ to a fellow suspect in a housing society scam by keeping him locked in his police station for over two years in return for money.
The man, identified as Nadeem Ahmad, was involved in looting money from people, by deceiving them into buying houses in a disputed housing society.
The former SHO allegedly took Rs3 million and land, worth millions of rupees entitled to his wife and other relatives for keeping Nadeem locked in his police station.
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An officer, on condition of anonymity, told The Express Tribune that Azam had prepared a lavished room for Ahmad in the police station. He said the victims of the housing society scam were searching for him to get their looted money back and initiate a legal action against him.
The officer further said that the action of the SHO was in knowledge of senior police officers including the then Capital City Police Officer (CCPO). As the investigations would proceed further, the NAB would also implicate these senior police officers in the investigation, he added.
A few weeks back, the NAB had also launched an inquiry into procurement of equipment for the Dolphin Squad.
Meanwhile, the NAB Lahore has also arrested another accused Farmaish Ali in the Homeland Real Estate Corruption Case. According to NAB’s initial investigations, the accused was involved in embezzlements of over Rs2 billion by defrauding over 168 victims.
He was arrested after unusual transactions were traced by the Financial Monitoring Unit (FMU). He had also received Rs15 million from prime suspect Nadeem Ahmad in the case according to NAB.
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