By Taye Obateru
Jos – The Plateau State Government has condemned the appointment of Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar as acting Inspector General of Police, describing it as unfortunate.
Chief of Staff, Government House Jos, Mr. Gyang Pwajok in his reaction on Thursday said the appointment was a big surprise considering the fact that the state government sent a copy of the white paper which indicted the acting IGP and recommended his retirement to the Presidency.
According to him, “Plateau State Government did its best by coming out with the white paper concerning the crisis in 2001. The president recently said we should forward the paper which we did. I wonder if that document has been examined by the appropriate authority. This would have served as an opportunity for the government to know about the character of individuals concerning the crisis”.
He said the implication of the appointment was that someone who failed on a lower assignment was being saddled with a higher responsibility adding that the Justice Niki Tobi Commission of Enquiry painstakingly documented the roles played by individuals in the crisis and recommended the actions to be taken in each case.
The white paper had described Abubakar as a religious bigot accusing him of playing an ignoble role in the 2001 crisis when he was the Commissioner of Police in Plateau State.
The white paper read in part: “Religious fanatics should not be posted to head state police commands. The commission recommends that for his ignoble role during the September 2001 crisis which resulted in the loss of lives, the former Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command, Alhaji M.D. Abubakar, be advised to retire from the Nigeria Police Force and in the event of his refusal to do so, he should be dismissed from the service.”