Nigeria’s New Police IG Is A Religious Fanatic, Indicted Over Jos Crisis

Mohammed D. Abubakar

Jos crisis panel has recommended Nigeria’s New Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed D. Abubakar for retirement.

According to a White Paper released by the panel that reviewed the 2001 Jos crisis, Abubakar should be dismissed if he refuses to retire.

Abubakar was Plateau State Commissioner of Police during the crisis.

The panel was constituted by former Governor Joshua Dariye to look into the September 7, 2001 crisis. Since it concluded its sitting, its report was not made public until yesterday.

The Justice Niki Tobi led panel also indicted Abubakar for his “ignoble role in the crisis” and recommended that he be forced to retire immediate from the force, and even went as far as recommending his sack, if he declines a request to resign honourably, following his complicity in the killing of Christians in Plateau State during the religious crisis in that state.

Justice Niki Tobi is a highly respected retired Supreme Court Justice.

Abubakar was an Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of Zone 5, but was Plateau State Commissioner of Police during the crisis in 2001 during the administration of former Governor, Mr. Joshua Dariye.

The panel was constituted on September 7, 2001 to review and proffer solutions to the perennial religious crisis that has plagued the state, but its report was eventually made public on February 16, 2010, local paper The Nation reported.

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.”

“The non-implementation by government of the report of previous commissions of enquiries and in particular the report of the commission of enquiry into the riots of April 12, 1994 in Jos metropolis (the main features of which are very similar to the September 2001 civil disturbances) is a sure recipe for a repeat performance of such disturbances”.

“Anything short of that will not make for peace”, the panel added.

It noted: “The non-implementation by government of the report of previous commissions of enquiries and in particular the report of the commission of enquiry into the riots of April 12, 1994 in Jos metropolis (the main features of which are very similar to the September 2001 civil disturbances) is a sure recipe for a repeat performance of such disturbances”.

The government also released a White Paper on the Justice Aribiton Fibersima panel on the Jos 1994 crisis. The panel investigated the April 1994 Jos crisis.

Its report said: “There was strong and convincing evidence before the commission that: on April 11, 1994, just a day before the fateful day, Alhaji Yaya Aga Abubakar, the President of Jasawa Development Association, in the company of Alhaji Aminu Mato’s younger brother, Sanusi Mato, held a meeting at Masallaci Juma at Jos with the Jasawa community during which they resolved to carry out a demonstration the following day.

“So, Yaya Abubakar and Sanusi Mato were directly connected with riots. They were the leaders of the insurrection that brought disaster and shame to Jos metropolis, to Plateau State and to Nigeria, that brought death and destruction of lives and properties”.

“A recurrent friction for many years between the Berom, Anaguta and Afizere on the one hand and the Hausa/Fulani tribe on the other hand is the remote cause of the riots. Each part of lays claim to Jos.”

The report urged the government “to spread its intelligence gathering network far and wide to cover all individuals and organisations (such as religious, cultural, and social organisations) that could be potentially dangerous to peace and order.”

The panel further said, “The non-implementation by government of the report of previous commissions of enquiries and in particular the report of the commission of enquiry into the riots of April 12, 1994 in Jos metropolis (the main features of which are very similar to the September 2001 civil disturbances) is a sure recipe for a repeat performance of such disturbances”.

The Justice Tobi panel further recommended that the Hausa/Fulani should be encouraged to begin negotiations with other communities in the state and “accept the ownership of Jos by the Ajizere, Anaguta and Berom”, noting that “Anything short of that will not make for peace in Jos.”

Culled from The Nation

  1. Tanko paul audu Reply

    This is from frying pan to fire. Nigeria has fall mugu

  2. Eyam Reply

    Kudos to africanspotlight for all these info that one might not have had otherwise… but pls try to see about increasing the font of this window… abi una want us to buy magnifying glasses? (na joke I dey ooo)… and as for this IG runs God is already judging all the evil doers in naija…

  3. hassan Reply

    haba guys, u guys shld try n make inquiries, dis is a guy dat refused police 2 use weapons on civilians, he refused maltreatment of civilians, a man dat stopped d sell of beer in police station restaurant (lagos)….. try n knw dis man b4 making judgements. WHY THE DELAYED REPORT- politics, ryt?

  4. ejogo anthony Reply

    let us give the man some hope born out the fact that people can grow and change. he is God’s choise at the moment. lets pray for him to do well.

  5. Bashirsuleiman Reply

    D appointmnt M.D.Abubakar will productiv,we r supotn it…longlife new IG.

  6. Iheremelam michael chibuchi Reply

    I love being a nigerian

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