The newly appointed Inspector General of Police, IGP, Suleiman Abba, formally took over from his predecessor, Mohammed Abubakar, on Friday.
Abubakar retired on Thursday having put in the maximum 35 years required in service. He successfully piloted the affairs of the Force from January 25, 2012 until his retirement.
Abba was selected by President Goodluck Jonathan and the Police council made up of the 36 state governors and the chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mike Mbama Okiro, a retired IGP, from among five other senior officers considered for the position.
The new IGP, who hails from Gwaram local government area of Jigawa State and holds degrees in History and Law, has attended several management and security courses within and outside Nigeria and is an alumnus of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.
Already known for his vast experience in criminal investigation, intelligence-led policing and crime-fighting operations, the new IGP is ably set to add a new tempo in dealing with the present challenges of terrorism, insurgency and other violent crimes in the country.
In his maiden speech, Abba promised 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.
Abba also thanked President Jonathan for the confidence reposed on him by granting him the opportunity to serve Nigeria in the capacity of IGP.
He assured 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, 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.
He was Commissioner of Police Rivers State 2009 –2012; Commissioner of Police in Lagos State during the 2011 general elections and was the Deputy Force Secretary twice.