President Buhari Appoints Ibrahim Idris As Acting IGP

Ibarahim IdrisPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Assistant Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, as the Acting Inspector-General of Police in Nigeria.

He took over from Mr Solomon Arase who retired from service.

His appointment was announced on Tuesday by the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina.

The Acting Inspector-General hails from Kutigi, Lavun in Niger State.

He was born on January 15, 1959 and was enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in 1984, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture.

He also holds a degree in Law from the University of Maiduguri.

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Former IGP, Solomon Arase looks on as President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates the Acting IGP, Ibrahim Idris

AIG Idris has served in various commands and formations in the Nigerian Police Force, working in the Police Mobile Force for 17 years as Unit Commander, Squadron Commander, and Commandant.

He served as Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa and Kano States and was also the Commissioner of Police in charge of Police Mobile Force at the Force Headquarters.

He was also at the United Nations Mission in Liberia and East Timor and was awarded “Medal of Merit” by the President of the Republic of East Timor in recognition of his service.

AIG Idris, who was in charge of Operations at the Force Headquarters before his appointment as the Acting Inspector-General, will act in that capacity pending his confirmation.

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President Muhammadu Buhari presents a gift to the former Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase

President Buhari had on Monday hosted the former Inspector General and also presented a gift to him to mark his retirement from service.

Mr Arase was appointed Inspector General of Police by former President Goodluck Jonathan few weeks before the end of his tenure in office.

Herdsmen Crisis: Nasarawa Police Host Town Hall Meeting

Herdsmen Crisis, Nasarawa PoliceThe Nasarawa State Police Command has held a town hall meeting at the state capital with a view to finding lasting solution to the clash between farmers and herdsmen in the state.

The meeting, which was held at the Police officers’ mess in Lafia, emphasized community policing as a way of preventing conflicts.

Stakeholders gathered to brainstorm and share ideas on how to ensure peaceful co-existence between farmers and herdsmen and also between ethnic groups in the state.

The meeting, which was on the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, had the theme ‘How Community Policing Can Help Prevent Conflicts In The State’.

Participants at the meeting said that they were concerned with the weapons used by some herdsmen and were confused if they were truly herdsmen.

They urged the Police to look into the proliferation of arms critically before it gets out of hand.

Some others were of the view that conflicts escalate as a result of misinformation, calling on the Police to address this also.

The Fulani representatives said that they were happy with the meeting and that they have begun the setting up of a Fulani peace and security committee in all the local government areas and development areas in the state.

They expressed the belief that this would control clashes and enlighten members of their association on how to graze peacefully.

Ethnic associations also called on their members to embrace peace and forge ahead for development to thrive in the state.

Community Policing Can Help Reduce Insurgency – IGP

Community Policing The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase has again advised Nigerians to embrace the concept of community policing as a way of reducing insurgency and other criminal acts being perpetrated by some persons.

He was addressing participants of Course 24 of the National Defence College in Abuja, as part of their lecture series.

The IGP, in his presentation, advocated community policing saying the Police cannot be everywhere.

Mr Arase said that the engagement of non-state actors such as traditional rulers, officials of road transport workers and community leaders would help in the fight against insurgency.

He recommended the use of alternative dispute resolution to resolve conflicts before they degenerate into crisis.

Although the Police boss lamented the inadequate funding of the force and other challenges, he assured Nigerians and other residents that the Nigerian Police is becoming more responsive and accountable to the people.

With intelligence-led and technology-based policing methods, Mr Arase expressed optimism that reclaimed territories in the northeast can be secured and Nigerians can go to bed with both eyes closed.

Rivers Police Embark On Community Outreach

Rivers PoliceIn the spirit of the season, the Rivers State Police Command has taken its services beyond security to giving back to the community.

The Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, who visited orphanage homes in Port Harcourt, the state capital, said that the move was in line with the order of the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to all commands to share gifts especially with the less privileged.

Mr Kimo also explained that the command has embarked on giving back to the community as part of its efforts to strengthen community policing.

“We are here in the spirit of the season, to identify with them, to show them the love that we have for them.

“Gold or silver we do not have but apart from our prayers we are here to demonstrate that love,” the Rivers Police boss said.

He also assured residents of safety and security during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Council Confirms Appointment Of Police IG Suleiman Abba

Suleiman Abba.The Police Service Council in Nigeria has confirmed the appointment of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba.

Mr Abba’s appointment was confirmed on Tuesday during the Police Service Council meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting began after a National Council of State meeting that was also held at the Villa.

At the meeting, Nigeria’s security challenges and how it could be tackled were discussed, with emphasises laid on the need for more funding for security agencies, especially the police.

The council agreed that one per cent of the Federal Allocation accruing to the states should be set aside for the funding of the Nigerian police to equip them for the discharge of their duties, which include the protection of lives and property of Nigerians.

Mr Abba was made the Acting Inspector General of Police after the former IG, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, retired in July, having completed 35 years in service, as stipulated by law.

Addressing reporters after the confirmation of his appointment, Mr Abba said he would work hard to ensure that he meets up with the expectations of the office of the Inspector General of Police.

Mr Abba pointed out that Nigerians deserved the best from security agencies in the effort to make Nigeria safe for all and that he would ensure that the resources available would be judiciously managed to carry out his job.

Reps Summon I.G. Over G7 Govs’ Meeting

The House of Representatives has summoned the Inspector-General of Police over the actions of police officers in disrupting the meeting of 7 governors and members of the National Assembly in Abuja.

In what has been described as impunity and disregard for the constitution, the lawmakers expressed dismay at the actions of the Nigerian Police in disregarding the immunity of the governors under the constitution.

In a motion supported by 61 lawmakers, and moved by Idris Kutigi, the lawmakers said police authorities have in recent times disrupted several meetings of these governors by sealing the meeting venues.

“On Sunday November 3, 2013 when the G-7 governors and members of the National Assembly were holding a meeting at the Kano State Government Lodge, Asokoro, the Divisional Police Officer, Asokoro Division stormed the lodge midway into the meeting with instruction from the villa to disperse or arrest the governors if they refuse to stop the meeting.”

The House has mandated its Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the matter and report back in 2 weeks.

Police council confirms Abubakar as IGP

The National Police Council on Thursday in Abuja confirmed Mohammed D. Abubakar as susbstantive Inspector-General of Police.

The council comprises President Good luck Jonathan, the 36 Governors and the chairman of the Police Service Commission.

Addressing a press conference after the confirmation, the Inspector General of Police reassured Nigerians that he will put everything humanly possible to ensure the improvement of safety and security management in the country, and that justice and fair play takes place.

Mr Abubakar was appointed Acting Inspector General of Police on 25 January 2012 by the federal goverment following the terminal leave of  former IG,  Hafiz Ringim.

Born on May 5, 1958, Mr. Abubakar enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force on July 30, 1979. He was the AIG in charge of Zone 12 Headquarters in Bauchi, before he became the Acting IG.