By Kingsley Omonobi
Following the appointment of Suleiman Abba as the 17th Indigenous Inspector-General of Police by President Goodluck Jonathan, the new IG yesterday took over from former Police boss, Mohammed Abubakar (rtd) with a pledge that “I will do whatever is necessary to bring excessive violent crimes in the country to a halt”.
Saturday Vanguard gathered The new IGP took over command just as the five former Deputy Inspectors General of Police under the former dispensation have resigned their appointments by virtue of being seniors to the new IGP.
The former DIG’s are DIG Suleiman Fakai, DIG Jonathan Johnson, DIG Michael Zoukumor, DIG Atiku Kafur and DIG Peter Gana. All the DIG’s except Atiku Kafur were absent at the handing and taking over ceremony.
Speaking further, the new IG promised that the upsurge in security challenges will have his full attention noting that a very important area he would concentrate on is bringing back and building public confidence in the police force.
“To the Nigerian public, let me say we know your expectation. These include that we (police) control crime and violent crimes. We will come out with sustainable professional crime fighting strategies that will take the public into consideration. Because when you (police) don’t have confidence of the public, don’t expect them to assist you. We will stop excesses in the exercise of power”.
On his mission and vision for the force, the new IG pointed out that the era of tying the mission and vision of the Police force to the incumbent in office was over saying rather it will be concentrated on what the force needs moving forward.
“It will have nothing to do with my name or person but with the NPF. The vision simply is for the force to be a leading national, professional and efficient law enforcement organization. The vision is to provide safety and security in Nigerian communities, protect and respect human rights in preventing crime” Abba said.
The new IGP who hails from Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State holds degrees in History and Law and has attended several management and security courses within and outside Nigeria. He is an alumnus of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.
Already known for his vast experience in criminal investigation, intelligence-led policing and crime-fighting operations, the new IGP also pledge to add a new tempo in dealing with the present challenges of terrorism, insurgency and other violent crimes in the country.
The former Inspector-General of Police, MD Abubakar enjoined the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to extend maximum cooperation to the new IGP whom he described as a very competent and committed officer that can take the Force to a greater height. He thanked the President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for reposing confidence in him and granting him a golden opportunity to serve Nigeria as the IGP.
Until his appointment was the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 7 comprising the FCT, Kaduna and Niger Police Commands, enlisted into the Force as a cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in December, 1984.
In the course of three decades of service to the nation and the Police Force, IGP Suleiman Abba has crisscrossed the entire length and breadth of the nation. He was Commissioner of Police Rivers State 2009 – 2012. He was Commissioner of Police in Lagos State during the 2011 general elections and was the Deputy Force Secretary twice both as Commissioner of Police and as a Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Other responsibilities he performed include: Deputy Commissioner of Police DCP Kano State Command 2007 – 2008, Deputy Commissioner of Police Kebbi 2006 – 2007. He was also the Aide-De-Camp (ADC) to the Head of State, (Office of the First Lady) 1995 – 1998 and the Commanding Officer of both 24 PMF (Presidential Escort) and 21 PMF Mobile Police Squadron Abuja. He has earned for himself several awards and commendations including the National Merit Award.