Buhari Appoints Mohammed Adamu As IGP, Ibrahim Idris Bows Out

President Muhammadu Buhari, assisted by outgoing Police boss Ibrahim Idris, decorates the new IGP, Mohammed Adamu,

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr Mohammed Adamu as the acting Inspector General of Police.

This was disclosed on Tuesday after outgoing IGP, Ibrahim Idris, and Adamu met with the President inside the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

After the meeting, Adamu thanked President Buhari for appointing him and promised to restrategise to effectively tackle kidnapping and other security challenges in the country.

Mr Adamu’s appointment finally brings to an end the controversy surrounding the retirement of Mr Idris as there were speculations that President Buhari might extend his tenure.

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See photos of President Buhari decorating the new IGP below:

President Buhari decorates the new IGP, Mohammed Adamu, inside the State House on Tuesday… January 15, 2019

 

The Force Public Relations Officer Jimoh Moshood also announced Mr Adamu’s appointment in a statement after the meeting at the Presidential Villa.

According to him, President Buhari asked Mr Idris to hand over to Mr Adamu following his retirement from service at the age of 60.

The police spokesman said, “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,” he added.

Acting IGP Adamu hails from Lafia, Nasarawa State and holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography.

He enlisted into the police on February 1, 1986, as Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police.

The new police boss attended several Senior Officer Courses on Law Enforcement, Crime Prevention, Control and Management within and outside Nigeria.

Before his appointment as the acting IGP, he was a Directing Staff at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, Plateau State.

He had also served as Commissioner of Police in Ekiti and Enugu States, as well as Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 5 Police Command Headquarters, Benin, Edo State.

[Video] New IGP Vows To Tackle Insecurity

 

The newly appointed Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has promised to tackle kidnapping and other security challenges in the country.

He gave the assurance on Tuesday while addressing journalists shortly after his appointment.

“I’d like to thank Mr President for considering me worthy to be the next Inspector General of Police and we know there are security challenges that we need to tackle in the country.

“We have issues of kidnapping, abduction and other security challenges and we are going to re-strategise from the strategy the former Inspector General has put in place and we will make sure that we tackle the challenges head on,” he said.

When asked if the police will remain partisan in the coming general elections, Adamu said: “We are professionals, we are going to stick by the rules and we’re going to do the right thing.

“You’ve heard from the former Inspector General of Police that adequate arrangements have been made to make sure that free, fair and credible elections take place in Nigeria and we are going to build on the strategies put in place”.

Buhari Appoints Mohammed Adamu As IGP, Ibrahim Idris Bows Out

Mr Adamu’s appointment lays to rest, the controversy surrounding the retirement of the former IGP Ibrahim Idris as there were speculations that President Buhari might extend his tenure.

The Force Public Relations Officer Jimoh Moshood also announced the development in a statement on Tuesday, saying President Buhari had asked Mr Idris to hand over to Mr Adamu following his retirement from service.

Mr Idris turned 60 years old today, January 15.

Buhari Meets IGP, AIG In Abuja

File Photo: President Buhari and the IGP

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Adamu Muhammad at the Presidential Villa.

Although details of the meeting are still sketchy, it may not be unconnected with the retirement of the IGP as his tenure expires today after attaining the mandatory 35 years in service.

Consequently, there have been reports that the Assistant Inspector General of Police may be the next IGP but there’s yet to be any official communication to that effect.

Meanwhile the president is expected to preside over an extraordinary Federal Executive Council meeting around 3:00 pm.

CUPP Sues Buhari, IGP Over Alleged Plot To Extend Police Boss’ Tenure

 

 

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has sued President Muhammadu Buhari over an alleged plot to extend the tenure of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

Addressing Journalists in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Thursday, the national spokesperson of the CUPP, Ikenga Ugochinyere, said the party decided to take the legal action to ensure that the Constitution is not being violated.

According to him, the IGP will cease to be a police officer from January 15, 2019, after reaching the official retirement age of 60, and consequently, should not be allowed to remain in office to avoid endangering the electoral process in the 2019 general elections.

Others joined in the suit filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja include the IGP, Ibrahim Idris, Police Service Commission and the Nigerian Police Force.

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The CUPP urged President Buhari to immediately direct the IGP to proceed on terminal leave ahead of his retirement and appoint another IGP according to sections 215 subsection 1 of the 1999 Constitution.

Ugochinyere said if the President does otherwise, the party will not recognize the extension and will also not recognize Idris as the IGP.

He maintained that the purported extension will be unconstitutional, unlawful and unacceptable to all Nigerians.

IGP Rejects Senate’s Proposal To Confirm IGs Before Appointment

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has rejected a proposal by the Senate in the Police Amendment Bill which stipulates that the National Assembly must confirm the appointment of the Inspector General of Police.

He believes this will politicize the office IGP and will be a disadvantage to the police in its efforts in fighting crime.

The Police Boss made this known during a public hearing on the Police Reform Bill on Wednesday.

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He said: “Again, the police is of the view that the requirement of the confirmation of the Senate for the appointment and removal of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) will tend to politicize the office Inspector General of Police.

“This will be a disadvantage to the police in its efforts to fight crime in the society.

“It is therefore suggested that requirement for the confirmation of the appointment and removal of the Inspector General of Police be sponged from the Bill”.

The Senate is amending the law guiding the operations of the Nigeria Police to ensure efficiency, accountability and respect for human rights.

Salary Upgrade: You Must Redouble Your Effort, IGP Warns Police Personnel

Salary Upgrade: You Must Redouble Your Effort, IGP Warns Police Personnel
(File) IGP Ibrahim Idris speaks to reporters In Abuja.

 

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has warned police personnel to redouble their efforts and be more committed to guaranteeing adequate security across the country.

He gave the warning in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood.

The police boss’ directive comes one day after President Muhammadu Buhari approved Rank Salary Structure Adjustment for police personnel across the country.

Mr Idris asked the personnel to be more dedicated to duty and efforts towards reducing crimes and criminalities in the country to the barest.

READ ALSO: Buhari Approves New Salary Structure For Police

He stressed the need to reciprocate the President’s good gesture and concern for the police, noting that to whom much is given, much is expected.

The IGP warned that the Force would not tolerate any lapses, dereliction of duty and other unprofessional conducts from any officer in the discharge of their official responsibilities.

He thereafter directed Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspector Generals of Police to educate their personnel on the newly approved Rank Salary Structure Adjustment.

The police boss disclosed that training and seminar have been held for officers in charge of the mechanised salary section, police accountants and auditors attached to all police formations across the country, on the modalities for implementation of the newly approved Rank Salary Structure Adjustment.

He insisted that the renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to reducing crimes and criminalities in the country remain unequivocal and unwavering.

Mr Idris had assured President Buhari when he visited him on Monday that the police would ensure a secure environment for free, fair and credible elections in 2019.

IGP Disbands His Special Tactical Squad Over Search Of Clark’s Home

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the immediate disbandment of the IGP Special Tactical Squad (IGP-STS).

 

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the immediate disbandment of the IGP Special Tactical Squad (IGP-STS).

Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

“Senior officers attached to the erstwhile Special Tactical Squad (STS) who were linked with complicity or played conspiracy role(s) in the unauthorised, illegal and unprofessional misconduct in the search of elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark’s residence in Asokoro, Abuja on the 4th of September, 2018 are now undergoing strict disciplinary procedures,” the statement said.


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The dissolution of the squad was with immediate effect.

According to Moshood, the tactical operations and statutory core police duties that the dissolved squad was charged with have been collapsed.

They will be carried out by other operational, investigative and response units of the Force.

The IGP also directed that all the personnel of the squad be redeployed to other departments and formations of the Force.

The disbandment of the IGP squad followed an interview and a statement by Clark who called for a full investigation into the search of his house by an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and three police inspectors.

The IGP had approved the dismissal of the inspectors while the ASP was suspended with the same punishment ‘imminent’.

Clark, however, faulted the police leadership for dismissing the three officers, saying they could not have embarked on the operation on their own.

He wondered why the officers were made “scapegoats” and alleged that the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Federal Intelligence was aware of the search of his residence.

The elder statesman asked the police authorities to admit that they made a mistake rather than saying they knew nothing about the operation.

Osun Election: IGP Visits Ooni, Asks Traditional Rulers To Support Police

Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

 

The Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris on Thursday visited the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and called for support from traditional rulers for peaceful and successful conduct of the forthcoming elections in the state.

He also noted that Nigeria Police is committed to ensuring that the 2019 general elections will be peaceful and geared towards the actualisation of true democracy.

“I want to thank you all for the reception you have accorded me and I promise you all that by the grace of God we are going to have a peaceful and credible election by next year in all parts of the country.

“I am presently in the core home of the Yoruba’s and I urge traditional rulers here, lets help to create an atmosphere of peace among our subjects,” he said.

Oba Ogunwusi in response called for active collaboration between the police and residents to ensure the sustainability of peace ahead of the 2019 General Elections.

He added that it is the duty of Nigerians to partner and work closely with the leaders to maintain peace in the nation.

“Let us work with the police authority in this nation and project this nation in a positive way. Let us go into the elections peacefully and not sell the future of the generation yet unborn.

“The Inspector General of police is here with us today, let us work with him. The police are human beings like and they are here to ensure that their service to their fatherland is being executed and implemented properly,” the Ooni said.

The monarch also advocated job creation for the youths stressing that this is the best way to secure the future of the nation.

IGP Orders Investigation Into Killing Of Osun Student

IGP Orders Additional Deployment Of Police Personnel In North East
File photo of IGP Ibrahim Idris

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has ordered an immediate investigation into the killing of a student in Iwo, Osun State.

The Osun State Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye, disclosed this on Saturday, during an assessment of the facilities at the police station set ablaze by some youths who protested the killing of the student.

He said one of the major duties of the police is to protect the right of the people and the IGP is not in support of human rights violation.

Osun State Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye
Osun State Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye

 

“The IGP does not in any way tolerate violation of human right. The job of police officers is to protect the right of the people. The IGP has directed that the necessary internal control mechanism of the force be activated to deal with the situation.

“The officer that is suspected to have committed the act has been arrested and is currently undergoing interrogation,” Adeoye said.

He added that anyone found guilty at the end of the investigation will be duly prosecuted.

The Iwo area command headquarters was on Friday set ablaze by some youths and students who were protesting the alleged murder of a student identified as Tunde Nafiu.

Nafiu was allegedly shot dead by a police officer attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Thursday while returning from Oluponan town in the state.

A scene from the police station which was set ablaze by the protesters.

 

The police station was set ablaze after the youths and some students stormed the police station, forcing police officers to flee and scamper for safety. They also burnt tyres at some location in the town leaving residents in fear.

The Commissioner of Police in Osun State while addressing journalists on Saturday decried the actions of the youths. He also lamented over the destruction of properties at the police station, adding that the situation does not justify taking laws into one’s hands.

Adeoye also visited the traditional ruler of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, and the family members of the deceased student at Ileogbo, also in Osun state where he assured the family of the commitment to ensure justice on the incident.

Court Put IGP On Notice Over Detention Of Kwara Governor’s Aide

IGP Orders Additional Deployment Of Police Personnel In North East
File photo of Inspector General Of Police, Ibrahim Idris

 

An Ilorin High Court has put the Inspector General Of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on notice to appear before it on Wednesday, next week.

The court is asking the IGP to justify the continued detention of the Personal Assistant to Kwara State Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed, Lekan Alabi.

Alabi was arrested by the police over the April 5, bank robbery in Offa town, Kwara State and has since been in custody.

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The lead counsel to the suspect, Adelodun Ibrahim, condemned the police for failing to release another suspect Babatunde Abdulwahab who is the chief of staff to the governor over the same incident.

Ibrahim said despite the fact that he had been granted bail by another high court in the state he has remained in police custody.

The lawyer explained that the refusal of the police to obey the court order on Abdulwahab was worrisome as it portends grave danger to the deepening of democracy and might lead to a loss of confidence in the fairness of the police to handle such cases among the populace.

Ekiti Poll: IGP Deploys 30,000 Police Personnel, Assures Residents Of Safety

Ekiti Poll: IGP Deploys 30,000 Police Personnel, Assures Residents Of Safety
(File) IGP Ibrahim Idris speaks to reporters In Abuja.

 

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has deployed 30,000 police personnel in Ekiti ahead of the governorship election scheduled to hold on Saturday, July 14.

Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, revealed this in a statement on Sunday at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He said the police boss has directed that a robust and elaborate security arrangement be implemented in Ekiti to ensure peaceful, credible, free and fair election.

According to Moshood, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Department of Operations has been deployed to the state and would be assisted by an Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), four Commissioners of Police (CPs), eight Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs), and 18 Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs), while each senatorial district would be manned by a CP.

The DIG would implement and coordinate the security operations, as well as supervise the deployment of security personnel for the elections throughout the 2451 polling units/voting points, 177 Wards and the 16 Local Government Areas of the state.

The Force spokesman disclosed that those deployed include personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Unit, Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Protection Unit (SPU), Anti-Bomb Squad (EOD), Conventional Policemen, Armament Unit, FCIID, and the sniffer dogs section.

He noted that four policemen and two security operatives from other agencies would be on duty at each polling unit throughout the state while the PMF to be headed by a very senior officer would provide security at the RAC, Super RAC and collation centres.

The statement read, “Two (2) Patrol Surveillance Helicopters, Five (5) additional Armoured Personnel Carriers, Ten (10) Armoured Personnel Vehicles and Two Hundred and Fifty (250) Police patrol vehicles are deployed throughout the state, including difficult terrains.

“Other security and safety agencies who are members of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in the state are also deployed to complement the Nigeria Police Force during the election.

“As part of additional measures to guarantee a peaceful and credible election, the IGP will on 9th July, 2018 attend a stakeholder’s and peace accord meeting of all the Thirty Five (35) political parties participating in the election and their flag bearers, INEC officials, election observers and other accredited stakeholders in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State,”.

Moshood noted that while the police officers and other security operatives deployed for the elections are under strict Instructions to be polite and civil, they would be firm in the discharge of their duties and other responsibilities.

He said they would provide adequate security for the electorates, INEC officials, movement of election materials, accredited election observers, and other individuals and bodies that have statutory roles in the conduct of the election at various locations throughout the period of the election.

The police spokesman added that special security identification tags would be worn by all security personnel deployed for the election and no personnel of any security agency would be allowed to move to any other location other than where they have been deployed throughout the election period.

He also warned security personnel attached to politicians to desist from escorting their principals to polling units and collation centres during the election, saying any deviant security detail would be apprehended and dealt with accordingly.

Moshood revealed that the IGP has directed the Police Commissioners in Ondo, Osun, Kwara, Kogi, Ogun, Edo and Oyo states to be on red-alert with their personnel.

The CPs were directed to deploy personnel massively within areas neighbouring to Ekiti, to prevent crimes, hoodlums and miscreants and other unwanted elements or groups from infiltrating from their states to Ekiti to disrupt the poll.

Similarly, the police have announced that the restriction of vehicular movement in and out of Ekiti would commence from 12-midnight of Friday, July 13, till the end of the election.

They also advised travellers and other road users to make use of alternative routes while those on essential duties on a genuine course would be granted passage.

The statement added, “All the Thirty-Five (35) participating political parties and their leadership and supporters, traditional rulers, community leaders, parents and guardians, are advised to warn and prevail on their members, supporters, subjects, children and wards to be law abiding and not allow themselves to be used to cause disturbance of the peace or disruption of the election/electoral process anywhere in the State.

“The full weight of the law will be applied on any person or group of persons found violating the electoral act or indulging in any criminal conduct capable of causing violence before, during and after the election.

“Threat assessments have been carried out by the police in Ekiti State and all identified flashpoints and troubled prone areas have been addressed. However, the Force will not hesitate to deal decisively in accordance with the electoral act and other enabling laws with any individual(s) or group(s), no matter how highly placed, whose utterances or conduct is contrary to the electoral act or that can incite disturbance of public peace, law, and order before, during or after the election.

“The electorates and the general public in Ekiti State who observe any untoward incident or crime can reach the Joint Operation Room for the election through the following phone numbers; 08062335577, 08035925554, 08081761702.

“The Inspector General of Police wishes to assure the electorates, the contestants and all law-abiding citizens in Ekiti State of adequate security throughout the election. They are hereby enjoined to feel free to go out and cast their votes without any fear or apprehension. The IGP implores them to cooperate with the police personnel in the discharge of their duties.”

IGP Sets Up Special Team To Arrest Police Officers’ Killers In 21 Days

IGP Sets Up Special Team To Arrest Police Officers’ Killers In 21 Days
(File) IGP Ibrahim Idris speaks to reporters In Abuja.

 

The Nigeria Police Force has commenced a special investigation into the killing its personnel who were attacked by gunmen while on duty in Abuja.

Force Public Relations Officers, Mr Jimoh Moshood, revealed this in a statement on Thursday, three days after seven police officers were shot dead by the assailants in the Galadimawa area of the nation’s capital.

He said the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, had on Tuesday set-up a team of specialised crack team comprising of investigation detectives, police scene of crime experts and technical intelligence unit of the Force to investigate the killing.

READ ALSO: Gunmen Kill Seven Police Officers In Abuja

The team, which had already commenced an investigation, was directed by the IGP to complete the assignment within 21 days.

The police vowed to arrest and bring the culprits to justice on time and urged members of the public in the Federal Capital Territory to cooperate with the investigation team.

“Any member of the public with useful information about the killing will be appreciated and can use the following numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938 and 07057337653, to reach the investigation team,” the statement read.

Despite the attack, the police vowed not to relent in their renewed commitment to crime prevention and control, as well as the adequate protection of lives and property throughout the country.

The investigation team is headed by a Commissioner of Police, Mr Bala Ciroma, who would be assisted by other senior police officers.

They are the Deputy Commissioners of Police in charge of the IGP Special Tactical Squad, Department of Operations FCT Police Command, Police Forensic Department, and that of Police Central Criminal Registry.

Others are Assistant Commissioners of Police, 2I/C IGP Intelligence Response Team and Federal SARS, as well as Chief Superintendent of Police, IGPSEC.

The IGP order the team to thoroughly and discreetly investigate the attack, as well as arrest and prosecute those responsible for the killings.

It was also asked to detect the motives behind the ambush and work with the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory while carrying out the assignment.

The team was directed to take over further investigation into the killings from the FCT CIID and take other instructions from the IGP, in ensuring the perpetrators were promptly brought to justice.

It would also obtain evidence and receive complaints and useful information from the public that can assist them in their investigation, as well as proffer strategies and recommendations to prevent a reoccurrence of such attack.