New IG, Service Chiefs Take Over


Hafiz-Ringim, New Police IG.

The newly appointed armed forces chiefs and the new Inspector-General of Police resumed in  Abuja this morning.

Hafiz-Ringim, New Police IG.

President Goodluck Jonathan had last Wednesday appointed Assistant Inspector General of  Police, Hafiz Ringim as Inspector-General of Police, Major-General Azubuike Ihejirika as  Chief of Army Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim as Chief of Naval Staff  and Air Vice Marshal  Mohammed Dikko Umar as the Chief of Air Staff.

Air Marshall Oluseyi Pentirin, the former Chief of Air Staff was also elevated to the  position of Chief of Defence Staff while Ita Ekpeyong was appointed the new Director-General  of State Security Services, SSS.

Former IG Ogbonna Onovo, handed over to Hafiz Ringim, his successor at Louis Edet House,  Abuja Police Headquarters this morning.

While speaking at the occasion witnessed by other high ranking police officers, the outgoing  police boss regretted that his tenure as the boss of the Nigerian Police was characterised  by crises.

He listed the crises to include the Boko Haram uprising and incidents of  kidnapping.

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Onovo, however, said he tried his best to contain the situation.  The former IGP said his  removal is not strange as there have been so many who had occupied the position before him.

He asked for forgiveness from Nigerians and police officers he might have offended in the  course of his work.

Hafiz Ringim, the new IGP was yet to make his acceptance speech as at the time of writing  this report as he was summoned to Aso Rock Presidential Villa just as he was about to speak.

Meanwhile, the handing over ceremony of the service chiefs is just about to begin as at the  time of writing this report.

—Oluokun Ayorinde/ Abuja

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