Buhari Appoints Former IGP Suleiman Abba, Chairman Police Trust Fund

President Muhammadu Buhari addressing the nation on April 28, 2020,


Pursuant to the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Establishment Act 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of retired Inspector-General of Police, Barrister Suleiman Abba, CFR, Mni, as Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund.

The President also approved the appointments of the following as Executive Secretary and members of the Board respectively:

Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto – Executive Secretary

Mr Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri – Representing Ministry of Police Affairs

Inspector-General of Police – Representing Nigeria Police Force

Usman Bilkisu – Representing Ministry of Justice

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Mr Ben Akabueze (DG, Budget and National Planning) – Representing Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning

Engr. Mansur Ahmed – Representing Organised Labour

Dr. Michael Bamidele Adebiyi – Representing Civil Society Group.

According to a statement the presidency, the above appointments are in furtherance of the Buhari administration’s commitment and drive to retooling Policing Architecture in the country by emplacing the Police Trust Fund to meet the aspiration of a well-funded, equipped and highly professional Nigeria Police Force in line with international best practices.

It is said that this objective informed President Buhari’s re-establishment of the Ministry of Police Affairs on August 20, 2019.

The President also commended state governors, members of the National Assembly and Nigerians for their patriotic and spirited efforts at reforming Policing Architecture to deepen the country’s internal security.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi will announce the inauguration date of the Board of Trustees of the Police Trust Fund.

IGP Tasks AIGs, CPs Ahead Of May 29 Inauguration

AraseThe Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, has ordered Commanding Officers to beef up security around key and vulnerable installations in their jurisdiction ahead of the May 29 inauguration.

A statement issued by the Police Spokesman, Emmanuel Ojukwu, specifically ordered Zonal Assistant Inspector Generals (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CP) in states, to take steps to protect critical infrastructure like mega filling stations, major hotels, National/State Houses of Assembly and the Eagle Square.

The Police said this has become imperative to ward off possible plans by insurgents to carry out widespread violence and coordinated attacks on those installations and public places ahead of the handover.

According to the statement, the insurgents may be planning to undermine the Presidential/Governorship inauguration/swearing-in ceremonies nationwide.

The IGP also read the riot act to all Police Officers saying the force will not condone any act of corruption or indiscipline.

Addressing Officers and men of the force in Abuja, the IGP said that the force is working towards improving the welfare and working conditions of policemen, warning that anyone caught sabotaging the efforts of the force will be made to face the full weight of the law.

Mr Arase also advised members of the force attached to politically exposed persons to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

The IGP had earlier urged officers to engage more in intelligence driven investigation in their daily interaction with the public.

Acting IGP Briefs Jonathan On Preparations For Re-Run Elections

IGPThe newly appointed Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has held a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa on Thursday.

The Acting Police Chief told State House Correspondents after the meeting that he came to brief the President on police preparation for the states where the Independent National Electoral Commission will be holding rerun elections.

He said the police had started “massive deployment of men and materials in the affected states and assured of adequate security in the states.

This meeting is the first since Mr Arase formally took over from Mr. Suleiman Abba, who is now retired.

May 29 Remains Handover Date – Akwashiki

Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari  - handover dateThe Minister of Information, Senator Patricia Akwashiki, says May 29 remains date for the handover of governance from President Goodluck Jonathan to the President-elect, General Muhammudu Buhari.

Mrs Akwashiki made the clarification on Wednesday at the end of Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, presided over by President Jonathan.

The Minister said May 28 is just for the inaugural dinner and not the date for the transition, stressing that 29 May would remain Nigeria’s “handover and Democracy Day”.

Mrs Akwashiki maintained that “President Jonathan remains the President till 29 May when the President-Elect will take over”.

On the sack of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Suleiman Abba, by President Jonathan, she said that the President acted within his power, to appoint and sack personnel.

Mr Abba was sacked on Tuesday and replaced with Solomon Arase, who is to act as the new IGP.

Mr Arase was a Deputy Inspector General of Police and his appointment takes immediate effect.

Coomassie Faults IGP’s Sack, Dubs It Suspicious

coomassieThe Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum and one time Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Coomassie, has faulted the sack of the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, describing it as suspicious.

He said president Jonathan should have allowed Mr Abba to continue in office until the incoming government determines his fate.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television in Kaduna State, Mr Coomassie stated that Mr Abba was from the north and the northerners would be disturbed by his sack which should not be coming now.

He questioned the motive for the sack. “What has he done, if it has to do with the election why was he allowed to continue till the end of the election and why now?

“Has the due process been served to question whatever mistakes have been made?”

Mr Coomassie stressed that the incoming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari should have determined the fate of the IG when they take over on may 29.

President Goodluck Jonathan had on Tuesday sacked Mr Abba and appointed Solomon Arase, as the Acting IGP.


Groups Differ On IGP’s Sack

IGP-PoliceThe Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has condemned the sacking of the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, by the Nigerian President.

President Goodluck Jonathan had sacked the Police chief on Tuesday, giving no reason for his sack.

Chairman of the forum and a former Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Coomasie, told Channels Television in an interview that the sacking of the IGP few days after the last general elections and just over a month to the handover of power to a new government is suspicious and raised questions of a political motive.

Mr. Coomasie noted that rather than relieving Mr Abba of his position, President Jonathan should have allowed him to continue in office until the next government comes in and determine his fate alongside other service chiefs.

He insisted that the President’s sacking of the Police chief while retaining other service chiefs has created room for suspicion on what could be the reason behind his action.

Ekiti Group Hails IGP’s Sack

While the ACF Chairman has called on the Nigerian President to explain to Nigerians, his reason for sacking the former IGP in order not to give room for speculations and allegations from different quarters, another group, the Ekiti Democratic Coalition (EDC) has hailed the removal of the IGP.

The EDC has accused Mr Abba of collaborating with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to subvert the mandate of Ekiti people that was freely given to the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

In a statement signed by its Convener, Boladale Adeniyi, EDC alleged that the sacked IGP Abba and the immediate past Commissioner of Police in Ekiti State, Taiwo Lakanu, aided the APC lawmakers in their plot to remove Governor Fayose.

US Ambassador Commends Conduct Of Nigeria Police During Polls

James-EntwistleThe United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle has commended the Nigerian Police for its conduct during the 2015 general elections.

According to him, with about thirteen elections coming up around the African continent in the next two years, Nigeria will be a reference point to a peaceful transition.

He assured the police leadership of the American governments resolve to increase its training partnership with the Nigerian Police.

The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, thanked the American government and gave assurances of a transforming police force.

Anambra CP Orders Arrest Of Armed Policemen At Polling Units

Police-AnambraAnambra State Commissioner of Police, Sam Okaula, has urged the Police officers in the state to be true ambassadors of what the Police represent through their conduct during the election.

This is coming as a last minute instructions to his men in the rank of Divisional Police Officers (DPO), who will be playing supervisory roles in the House of Assembly election in the state.

Speaking at the State Headquarters of the Anambra State Police Command in Awka, Anambra State capital, south east Nigeria, Okaula advised the DPOs to be diligent.

He also urged them to carry out their duties professionally and ensure that no armed police officer is seen at any polling unit.

He instructed them to see to the immediate arrest of any armed police officer found anywhere near any polling unit.

The Police CP encouraged the officers to see to a free and fair election, such that their professionalism would not be compromised in any way.

Several Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) have been redeployed to different states to supervise the Saturday governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Their deployment was approved by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Suleiman Abba, on Thursday.

In a statement, the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, said that six Deputy Inspectors-General of Police have also been redeployed to coordinate activities in the six geo-political zones.


Police Read Riot Act In Ogun Ahead Of Elections

policeThe Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Ogun State, Lawal Tanko, has read the riot act to would-be intruders who may want to truncate the electoral process to stay clear of polling units across the state.

The AIG spoke during a meeting with senior Police officers, security chiefs and representatives of political parties at the state headquarters of the Nigerian Police in Abeokuta, ahead of Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections.

The AIG also challenged men and officers to abide by the rules of engagement and ensure professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

He assured residents of adequate security of lives and property.

Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement as part of plans to ensure a violence-free election throughout the nation.

Several Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) have also been redeployed to different states to supervise the governorship and state assembly elections.


2015 Elections: Police Redeploy Ekiti State Commissioner

PoliceEkiti State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, has been redeployed.

He was allegedly said to have connived with thugs loyal to the Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, to attack 19 lawmakers of the state who were on their way to the state assembly complex to begin impeachment proceedings against the governor.

This is said to have prompted the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, to order the redeployment  of Mr. Lakanu after he investigated a petition detailing his alleged connivance with the state governor.

Subsequently, Assistant Inspector General Of Police (AIG), Mohammed Gana, has been directed to take charge of the state during the elections and until violence in the state subsides.

A senior police officer confirmed to Channels Television that Mr. Lakanu is currently at the Nigeria Police Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The political crisis in Ekiti State took a turn for the worse following the declaration of General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the March 28 presidential election, culminating in an attack on the APC secretariat and the members of the party on Wednesday.

Police Boss Orders Restriction Of Movement Ahead Of Elections

Suleiman Abba- electionsThe Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement across Nigeria, as part of security strategies to ensure safe conduct of the governorship and House of Assembly elections, which will hold on April 11.

According to the Police Chief, the directive takes effect from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday.

According to him, vehicles on essential duty such as fire services, ambulances and vehicles used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and law enforcement agencies are exempted from the order.

However, the restriction order does not affect vehicular movement in Abuja, the Federal Capital Terrritory (FCT) since no elections will take place there.

The Federal Government had earlier directed that all land borders be closed ahead of the state elections, taking effect midnight on Thursday till 12 noon on Sunday, April 12.

A similar directive was in place during the just-concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections.

NPC Commends Nigerian Police On Conduct During Polls

Police The National Peace Committee (NPC) has commended the Nigerian Police for its conduct during the 2015 presidential and National Assembly elections.

The commendation was made at the Nigerian Police Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital as members of the committee led by its Chairman, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd), embarked on a ‘thank you visit’ to key actors in the just concluded presidential and parliamentary elections.

The committee noted that the Police remained neutral even in the face of the tension before and after the elections.

The committee further urged the Police to ensure that the conduct is replicated during the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Similarly, General Abdulsalam urged Nigerians to support the Police in the next round of polls.

The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, who expressed gratitude for the commendation, however, promised that the same conduct would be replicated during the governorship polls and beyond.

The Police have received several commendations from not only Nigerians, but the international community for its conduct during the polls.

They have been commended particularly for their arrest of some persons in possession of registration materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ona Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State.

They have also been lauded for the deployment of over 6,000 police officers to monitor Saturday’s presidential elections across the 27 Local Government Areas in Imo State.

The Police in different states across the country had, prior to Saturday’s election, given assurances of their readiness for the election.

The Imo State Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, said that the command was fully ready and prepared for the elections, urging residents not to panic as they go about their lawful duties.

The Zamfara State Police Command also assured indigenes of the readiness of the Nigeria Police and other relevant security agencies, to provide effective security and ensure smooth and orderly conduct of the election.