Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Barring any last minute change in decision, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally picked a successor for the outgoing Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

The President after a brief meeting with Idris at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday evening, tapped Abubakar Adamu Mohammed, as the new Inspector-General of Police, IGP.


“We have a new police IG,” a senior officer said on Monday night. “Ibrahim Idris has gone home to move his things from the official quarters and we are now waiting for a formal handing over.” The source spoke under anonymity to avoid being castigated as disclosing crucial information before formal announcement. Presidency sources also corroborated the development in separate exchanges. Top security analysts have also disclosed their awareness.

Until his appointment on Monday night, Mohammed, from Nasarawa State, was an Assistant Inspector-General, AIG, by rank. He is also known within Police circles as Adamu Mohammed Lafia, in reference to his place of birth, which is the Nasarawa State capital, Lafia.


Mohammed was born on November 9, 1961. He enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force, in 1986. He has a Bachelors degree in Geography. He was at one time a Director of Peacekeeping Operations. He was also a former Police Commissioner, in Enugu, and was an AIG in charge of Zone 5.

He is currently a directing staff member at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, near Jos, Plateau State. His elevation might see several Deputy Inspectors-General retired from Service, an exercise that would be reminiscent of how Buhari sacked DIGs, when he named Idris as IGP, in June 2016.


Mr. Idris, who retires today being 15th Jan., on age grounds, was an AIG when he was appointed. His controversial tenure was capped with widespread insinuations that he might remain in office beyond the period permitted by Nigerian laws.

Critics had accused Mr Buhari of scheming to retain him for the 2019 elections, a claim administration supporters rejected. Still, security analysts said critics and supporters of the government alike would be relieved of the controversies that characterised Mr Idris’ tenure.

The former IG was accused of corruption and brutality, although he denied wrongdoing and regularly praised himself as a fine law enforcement officer.

Mr Mohammed’s spent years of his career with Interpol, the international law enforcement outfit that has Nigeria as a prominent member. He was at the headquarters of the agency in Lyon, France, for several years. Sources familiar with his career described him as a “diligent and unruffled” police officer.

Meanwhile, leaders from the South-Eastern states would be left disappointed as the region is once again denied the opportunity to produce the next Inspector-General of Police. Media report had earlier stated that the president may look in the direction of the South-East, as the outgoing IGP is from Lavun, Kutigi, in Niger State.

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