The new Inspector General of Police Suleiman Abba has pledged to do whatever is necessary to bring excessive violent crimes in the violent crimes in the country to a halt.
Abba, yesterday, took over from former Police boss, Mohammed Abubakar 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 hails from Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State. He 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.