President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, appointed Assistant Inspector General, AIG, Ibrahim Idris, as the acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, to replace retired Solomon Arase.
With the retirement of IGP Solomon Arase, the six Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, DIGs, who served under him are to be retired.
They include: Dan-Azumi Job Doma, DIG in charge Finance and Administration ‘A’ department; DIG Sotonye Wakama, DIG in charge Operations ‘B’ department; DIG Ibrahim Mamman Tsafe, DIG in charge Logistics and Supplies ‘C’ department.
Others are: Kakwa Christopher Katso, DIG in charge Force Criminal Investigations Department, FCID; Cynthia Amaju Onu, DIG in charge ICT and Jubril Olawale Adeniji, in charge of Research and Planning
According to Vanguard’s investigation, 10 Assistant Inspectors General, AIGs, of Police under the former dispensation are senior of the new IGP.
They include former AIG zone 2 Lagos, Ibrahim Manko, AIG in charge Force Secretary; Patrick Dokumor, AIG in charge Zone 7, Abuja; Balla Nasarawa, Tambari Mohammed; Bala Hassan, AIG in charge Zone 2, Lagos, Yahaya Ardo, Musa Daura, Baba Adisa Bolanta, Usman Gwary and AIG Tunde Ogunsakin.
It was gathered that the status of this set of Assistant Inspectors General of Police, would be decided by the Federal Government, as regards who among them would to be appointed Deputy Inspectors Generals of Police, or be asked to proceed on retirement.
The appointment of the DIGs will, however, reflect the six geo-political zones of the country.
The input of the new IGP will, however, play a key role in the determination of the positions to be given the senior officers.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Idris would remain in acting capacity until confirmed by the Police Service Commission.
The statement, which also gave a brief profile of the new helmsman of the police, read: “The acting Inspector-General, who hails from Kutigi, Lavun in Niger State, was born on January 15, 1959.
“Idris enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in 1984, after graduating from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria with a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He also holds a degree in law from the University of Maiduguri.
“AIG Idris has served in various commands and formations in the Nigerian Police Force, working in the Police Mobile Force for 17years 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 of Police, will act in that capacity, pending his confirmation.”
According to the new acting IGP, as reported by an evening paper, he strongly believes that “Almajiri system breeds terrorism and it is being driven by foreigners.”
Meanwhile, shortly before the statement, both the retiring and the successor IGPs visited President Muhammadu Buhari in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking when they emerged from a brief meeting, the outgone IGP, Mr. Arase, thanked Nigerians for the cooperation given to him and also appealed to them to extend same to his successor.
He said: “I want to formally introduce my successor, AIG Idris Kpotum Idris. He is going to be in acting capacity until the Police Council confirms him.
“By extension, I want to also appeal to you to give the same support that you gave to me to my successor.
“He is a younger man. So, I am sure he will be abreast with the contemporary policing issues.”
Similaly, the acting IGP pledged to make the streets of Nigeria safe, saying “honestly, under my collective leadership, the Nigerian police is going to be governed by internationally recognized core values of policing everywhere in the world.
“That is the issue of integrity and accountability, issue of respect for diversity, issue of compassion, issues of ensuring that our streets, our neighbourhoods, our communities remain safe.
“We are going to do everything possible to ensure that we provide the best service to this country.”