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.