IGP SULEIMAN ABBA TAKES OVER AS IGP MD ABUBAKAR BOWS OUT Pledges to intensify the fight against crime
Following the appointment of Ag. IGP Suleiman Abba, as the 17th Indigenous Inspector-General of Police by President Goodluck Jonathan, the new Inspector-General of Police has formally taken over from former Police boss, IGP MD Abubakar (Rtd) who retired July 31, 2014, having completed 35 years of service.
In his maiden, the New IGP who is still in Acting capacity, promises to intensify the fight against crime in addition to upgrading the very high standards of performance for which the Nigeria Police Force is nationally and internationally acclaimed.
The former Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar, enjoined the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to extend maximum cooperation to the new IGP whom he described as a very competent and committed officer that can take the Force to a greater height.
The IGP thanked the President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, for reposing confidence in him and granting him a golden opportunity to serve Nigeria as the IGP.
While assuring the general public of his administration’s readiness to place a high priority on the creation of a safe and secure environment for all citizens and to transform the Nigeria Police Force into “a leading national, professional and efficient law enforcement organization”, the IGP calls for the cooperation of all Nigerians in the service of the country.
The IGP, who until his appointment was the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 7 comprising the FCT, Kaduna and Niger Police Commands, enlisted into the Force as a cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in December, 1984.
The new IGP who hails from Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State 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. In the course of three decades of service to the nation and the Police Force, IGP Suleiman Abba has crisscrossed the entire length and breadth of the nation. He was Commissioner of Police Rivers State 2009 – 2012. He was Commissioner of Police in Lagos State during the 2011 general elections and was the Deputy Force Secretary twice both as Commissioner of Police and as a Deputy Commissioner of Police. Other responsibilities he performed include: Deputy Commissioner of Police DCP Kano State Command 2007 – 2008, Deputy Commissioner of Police Kebbi 2006 – 2007. He was also the Aide-De-Camp (ADC) to the Head of State, (Office of the First Lady) 1995 – 1998 and the Commanding Officer of both 24 PMF (Presidential Escort) and 21 PMF Mobile Police Squadron Abuja. He has earned for himself several awards and commendations including the National Merit Award.