How Abubakar emerged new IG, reform begins

THE Inspector General of Police Hafiz Ringim yesterday became a casualty of the nation’s internal insecurity caused largely by the fundamentalist Islamic sect, Boko Haram. His duty of maintaining the nation’s internal security has now been taken over by Mohammed D. Abubakar, an Assistant Inspector General.

However, Abubakar’s appointment has thrown up many posers instead of dousing fears over the nation’s security as he had been in Plateau State crisis a year ago. The Justice Niki Tobi panel constituted in September 2001 by former Governor Joshua Dariye on the Jos crisis had recommended the retirement of Abubakar from the police force. In a White Paper released in Jos, the panel suggested that Abubakar should be dismissed if he refused to retire. 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 Niki Tobi panel had reportedly indicted Abubakar, who is from Zamfara State, for alleged sponsorship of Islamist militant group when he was Commissioner of Police in Plateau State. But a source said yesterday that the appointment of Abubakar as the Acting IGP was actually a testimony to his competent handling of the Jos crisis, his brilliance and respect for all parties in the Plateau crisis.


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