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Buhari appoints a new Inspector General of Police. Nigerian Governors, PDP speaks. Here’s what you need to know about Adamu, the new IGP

Acting IGP Mohammed Adamu, President Muhammadu Buhari and outgoing IGP Ibrahim Idris

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday appointed Mohammed Adamu as the new Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) following the expiration of Mr. Ibrahim Idris’s tenure.

Mr. Adamu, was a former Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG).

Ex-IGP Idris had to retire after he reached 60 years which is the maximum age in service.

Before becoming the IG of Police, Adamu had occupied the office of the Director of Peace Keeping Operations, was the Commissioner of Police at the Enugu State and Ekiti State Police Command, and was Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 5.

He was also the directing staff at the National Institute of Police and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) before his new position.

Mr. Adamu is from Lafia, Nasarawa State.

He holds a bachelors degree in Geography.

On February 1, 1986, he enlisted into the Police as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police.

He attended various senior officer courses on law enforcement, crime prevention, control and management.

President Muhammadu Buhari and outgoing IGP, Ibrahim Idris, decorating the new Acting IGP Mohammed Adamu
President Muhammadu Buhari and outgoing IGP, Ibrahim Idris, decorating the new Acting IGP Mohammed Adamu

The Nigeria Police in a statement confirmed the appointment of the new IGP.

PRESS RELEASE
RETIREMENT FROM SERVICE OF THE 19th INDIGENOUS INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE, IGP IBRAHIM KPOTUN IDRIS, NPM, mni AT THE AGE OF 60 YEARS
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, NPM, mni retires today, 15th January, 2019 from service of the Nigeria Police Force at the age of Sixty (60) Years.

The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria has consequently directed that the outgoing Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, NPM, mni, hand over to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Mohammed Abubakar Adamu,mni as the Acting Inspector General of Police.

The outgoing Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, NPM, mni deeply thank the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria for the opportunity given to him to serve under his administration as Inspector General of Police. He also sincerely expresses gratitude to all Nigerians across the Country for the cooperation and support they accorded him and the entire personnel of the Force during his tenure. He enjoined them to extend the same level of support and assistance to his successor, Ag. IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu,mni.

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu,mni hails from Lafia, Nasarawa State and a holder of BSc. Geography. He enlisted into the Force on 1st February, 1986 as Cadet Assistant Inspector General of Police.

Ag. IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu,mni is a versatile and seasoned Police Officer, a professional per excellence. He attended several Senior Officer Courses on Law Enforcement, Crime Prevention, Control and Management within and outside Nigeria. Before his appointment as the Acting Inspector General of Police, he was a Directing Staff at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, Plateau State. He was Commissioner of Police in Ekiti and Enugu States and also Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 5 Police Command Headquarters, Benin, Edo State.

Ag. DCP JIMOH MOSHOOD
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA

Nigerian Governor Congratulate new Acting IGP Adamu
The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has congratulated Mr. Mohammed Adamu on his appointment as the new Acting Inspector General of Police.

According to the NGF, Mr. Adamu’s new position as the nation’s IGP is well deserved, considering his personal achievements.

“I am absolutely sure that Adamu Mohammed Lafia would bring professionalism and true leadership to policing in our country,” Asishana Okauru, the Director General of the NGF, said through NGF spokesman, Abdulrazaque Barkindo.

“I can attest to his solid pedigree and rich experience. He is arguably the most qualified serving police officer at this time, to occupy the very sensitive office of the Inspector General of Police.

“The NGF sincerely wishes that the new top cop would harness all his experiences from his previous offices, at home and abroad, with dexterity and a fervent drive to curb crime, ensure peace in the entire country and once again propound the policing principles that will lead Nigerians to believe that the police, is your friend,” the statement on behalf of the NGF said.

PDP speaks following appointment of new IGP
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its statement following the appointment of Mr. Adamu as the new IGP, said that the re-engineering of the Police Force to restore professionalism and adherence to rules of engagement must begin.

PDP in a statement issued in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, urged Mr. Adamu to immediately set up the process of re-orientating and insulating the force from partisan politics.

The party further told the new IGP to discard all alleged templates of election rigging ahead of the general elections.

“This is in addition to immediately setting up a process that guarantees proper welfare of officers and men of the Nigeria police.

“He must note that the whole world is watching him and we urge him not to fail the nation, which he owes his allegiance,” he said.

PDP urged Adamu to learn from the mistakes of his predecessor, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to avoid unnecessary pitfalls.

Acting IGP Adamu speaks
Acting IGP Adamu in his first statement after his appointment said that he will adopt a fresh strategy to tackle the insecurity challenges the nation is faced with.

“Issues of kidnapping, abduction and other security challenges. From the strategies put in place by the former IGP, we will restrategise and make sure that we tackle these challenges squarely,” Adamu stated while speaking with State House correspondents after his decoration as the new IGP by President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

He further noted that adequate arrangements had already been made by the Ex-IGP to make sure that the forthcoming general elections is free, fair and credible.

Acting IGP Mohammed Adamu
Acting IGP Mohammed Adamu

“We are going to build upon the strategies put in place to make sure that we have hitch-free elections in the country,” he added.

He also promised that the police will do the right thing and stick by the rules.

“We will not go outside the ethics of our job to do things that are untoward. Everybody will be given level-playing ground to play his or her politics,” he said.

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