Assistant Inspector General of Police Mohammed Dikko Abubakar has been appointed Acting Inspector General, replacing Hafiz Ringim who was forced out yesterday in the wake of heightening insecurity in the country. Ringim turned in his resignation a month early, 10 days after the main suspect in the deadly Christmas Day bomb attack escaped from police custody and five days after the Kano bombings that left 185 people dead. He was due to retire on March 1 when he would have put in 35 years in the Police Force.
“President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the appointment of Mr. Mohammed Abubakar as Acting Inspector General of Police as a first step towards the comprehensive reorganisation and repositioning of the Nigeria Police Force,” Presidential spokesman Reuben Abati said in a statement yesterday. “Mr. Abubakar who is currently an Assistant Inspector General of Police replaces Mr. Hafiz Ringim who proceeds on terminal leave with effect from today.”
Earlier yesterday, rumours circulated in Abuja that Ringim had submitted his resignation while Abubakar was being brought to Abuja by a presidential aircraft from Bauchi. He was later seen at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, and a few hours after that his appointment was announced. Abubakar, born on May 5, 1958, enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force on July 30, 1979, and rose to become AIG in charge of Zone 12 in Bauchi, where he was until his new appointment. He hails from Zamfara State.