Wednesday, 25 January 2012
WELCOME NEW IGP !
President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, an Assistant Inspector General of Police, as the acting Inspector General of Police.
According to a statement signed by the media aide to the president, Dr. Reuben Abati, Abubakar replaces Mr. Hafiz Ringim, who proceeded on his terminal leave with effect from Wednesday, January 25, 2012.
The President has also approved the retirement of all Deputy Inspectors General of Police with immediate effect.
The new acting IG was chauffeured into the Presidential Villa at exactly 4pm in a black Toyota Prado with an Abuja plate number CZ 11 RBC and was ushered into the office of the president.
His confirmation came after his over one hour, eleven minutes meeting with the president.
His first task is to ensure the comprehensive reorganization and repositioning of the Nigeria Police Force to make it more effective and capable of meeting emerging internal security challenges.
The president has also established a Special Committee to oversee the urgent reorganization of the Nigeria Police Force.
The committee is to be chaired by the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mr. Parry B.O Osayande, DIG (rtd).
Mr. Abubakar who hails from Gusau, Zamfara State, was born May 5, 1958, and enlisted into the police force as a cadet officer on July 30, 1979.
The no nonsense police officer, had served as commissioner of police in Kwara, Kano, and Lagos States, where he also held sway as AIG in-charge of Zone 2 Police Command upon his elevation from the rank of Commissioner of Police.
Thereafter he was moved to the Zone 5 Command, Benin, as AIG, and later transferred to head Zone 6 Command in Calabar, Cross River State, from where he was recently redeployed to head Zone 12 Command as AIG.
While at the Lagos command, Abubakar, a reputed fearless and firm officer, has a record of maintaining strict discipline in the police force and to a large extent kept crime rate low.
He was also reported to have boarded commercial buses while in mufti, as he moved round parts of Lagos metropolis in an attempt to fish out policemen engaged in extortion of motorists and other vices. In the process, he was said to have once been arrested by unsuspecting policemen and detained behind the counter at a police station in Lagos, before he was later identified by the DPO in charge of the Division.
He has however had some baggages which his performance in his new office will either confirm or dispel, which includes, his indictment by the Justice Niki Tobi panel constituted in September 2001 by former Governor Joshua Dariye on the Jos crisis which recommended his retirement from the Police force. He had also been indicted twice between 2004 and 2006 by a Jos crises Panel, and was alleged to have sponsored some Islamist Militant Group when he was Commissioner of Police in Bauchi and Plateau States.
But the challenge he faces as he steps into his new shoes how to mobilize the entire police force behind him to battle the menace of Boko Harm, which is the immediate security challenge facing the country.
Meanwhile, the President has also approved the retirement of all Deputy Inspectors General of Police with immediate effect. These are: Mrs. Ivy Uche Okoronkwo, DIG POL 2i/c Force Headquarters, Abuja, Mr. Azubuko J. Udah, DIG Administration (“A” Dept), Mr. Sardauna Abubukar, DIG Training (“E” Dept.); Mr. Audu Abubakar, DIG Operations (“B” Dept); Mr. Saleh Abubakar, DIG Works (“C” Dept.) and Mr. Mohammed A. Yesufu, DIG Planning and Info-Tech (“F” Dept.)
The Osanyande Committee’s recommendations according to the statement by Abati, "shall be implemented along with those by previous committees set up by Government on the reform of the Nigeria Police Force."
Other Members of the Committee are: Mr. Casimir T. Akagbosu, AIG (rtd.), Mr. Bashir A. Albasu, AIG (rtd.), Major Gen. S.N. Chikwe, rtd. Prof. S.D. Mukoro. Dr. Fabian Ajogwu, SAN, Aisha Larai Tukur; Solicitor General of the Federation; Permanent Secretary, SSO, Office of the SGF to serve as the Secretary to the Committee.
The Committee’s Terms of Reference are as follows: To identify the challenges and factors militating against effective performance in the Nigeria Police Force and make recommendations for addressing the challenges; To examine the scope and standard of training and other personnel development activities in the Police to determine their adequacy or otherwise; To determine the general and specific causes of the collapse of public confidence in the police and recommend ways of restoring public trust in the institution.; To examine records of performance of Officers and Men of the Nigeria Police Force with a view to identifying those that can no longer fit into the system due to declining productivity, age, indiscipline, corruption and/or disloyalty; To make any other recommendations for the improvement of the Nigeria Police Force.