Nigeria: Jonathan Appoints Acting IG, Establishes Special Committee To Reorganize Nigeria Police

Mohammed D. Abubakar

President Goodluck Jonathan has on Wednesday approved the appointment of Mr. Mohammed D. Abubakar as Acting Inspector General of Police.

The president said that the appointment was the first step towards the comprehensive reorganization and repositioning of the Nigeria Police Force to make it more effective and capable of meeting emerging internal security challenges.

Mr. Mohammed D. Abubakar, 53, replaces Mr. Hafiz Ringim, who proceeds on terminal leave with effect from today, 25th January 2012.

In a statement, the president approved the establishment of a Special Committee to oversee the urgent reorganization of the Police. The committee is to be chaired by the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mr. Parry B.O Osayande, DIG (rtd).

Other members of the new committee are: Mr. Casimir T. Akagbosu, AIG (rtd.); Mr. Bashir A. Albasu, AIG (rtd.); Major Gen. S.N. Chikwe, rtd.; Prof. S.D. Mukoro; Dr. Fabian Ajogwu, SAN; Aisha Larai Tukur; and the Solicitor General of the Federation. The Permanent Secretary, SSO, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation will serve as the Secretary to the Committee.

According to the statement, the Committee’s Terms of Reference are as follows:

1. To identify the challenges and factors militating against effective performance in the Nigeria Police Force and make recommendations for addressing the challenges.

2. To examine the scope and standard of training and other personnel development activities in the Police to determine their adequacy or otherwise. 

3. To determine the general and specific causes of the collapse of public confidence in the police and recommend ways of restoring public trust in the institution. 

4. To examine records of performance of Officers and Men of the Nigeria Police Force with a view to identifying those that can no longer fit into the system due to declining productivity, age, indiscipline, corruption and/or disloyalty; 

5. To make any other recommendations for the improvement of the Nigeria Police Force.
The statement said the Committee’s recommendations are to be implemented along with those of previous committees set up by Government on the reform of the Nigeria Police Force, which raises the issue of whether they will not be left in the same junk-heap.

  1. DANJUMA Reply

    May ALLAH be wt d new IG n help nigerians to solve d security problems. Amin

  2. Adeola Reply

    Almighty Allah is d only 1 dat can give ur maximum security in Nigeria.may God assist d acting I.G

  3. Jacobs Reply

    This is what Femi Fani-Kayode updated on his Facebook page on this ridiculous appointment: I commend Mr. President for removing the former I-G of police Hafiz Ringim and all the DIG’s and for replacing him with an AIG. I do however have grave reservations about the new Acting I-G of Police Abubakar who appears to be yet another closet muslim fundamentalist just as is the Governor of Central Bank Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. What I remember Acting I-G Abubakar for was the fact that he ordered the arrest of women that wore trousers in public places and in the streets in Lagos state when he was Commissioner of Police there just a few years ago until he was called to order by the Governor who had to remind him that Lagos state was not a sharia state and neither were the majority of Lagosians muslims.

    Quite apart from that he was seriously indicted and recommended for dismissal from the police by the Justice Niki Tobi Panel for aiding and abetting the killing of christians in Jos during the religious crisis there in 2001. This is the man that President Goodluck Jonathan has now appointed to head the Nigerian police force at this crucial time when the islamists are trying to set this country on fire. What has got into our President? Can someone please tell me? Does he not do his homework properly or is it that he doesn’t care? What does he expect the christian population in this country to feel with this appointment? I have come to the conclusion that our President needs help, counselling and a whole lot of prayers. He appears to be besides himsel. Pl read the following carefully-

    The Justice Niki Tobi panel constituted in September 2001 by former Governor Joshua Dariye on the Jos crisis had recommended the retirement MD Abubakar from the Police force. He ws also with Biu in d airport bomb cover up during Abacha era. D blast that killed Dr Omosola.
    In a White Paper released in Jos, the panel suggested that AIG Abubakar should be dismissed if he refuses to retire.

    The panel said: “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.”

    Abubakar from Zamfara State who was indicted twice between 2004 and 2006 by a Jos crises Panel, is alleged to have sponsored some Islamist Militant Group when he was Commissioner of Police in Bauchi and Plateau States.

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