New Nigeria Police Chief Vows to Fight Boko Haram, Other Crimes

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Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, the Acting Inspector General of Police formally take over from Hafiz Ringim, his predecessor on Thursday vowing to lead the Nigeria Police Force in the fight crime and criminality under whatever ramification including the dreaded militant Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

“We shall fight crime and criminality in all ramification whatever name you give it whether Boko Haram or armed robbery”, Abubakar said while promising that his administration will be different from the others before it.

He however said he will ensure that officer and men of the force worked as a team under his administration, promising that posting of officers will be based on ability and performance. He also added that he will focus on training, welfare and challenges of fighting crime in the country.

The new Police Chief said he will declare a state of emergency on all police training institutions as a result of their very poor state. Abubakar said at their present state, the institutions cannot offer decent training for officers: “You can’t take a policeman through institutions that are lacking in facilities and equipment and expect to produce good police officers from such institutions.”

The new Police Chief said he is well aware of the different problems confronting the Police as an institution warned that he would not tolerate any act of indiscipline or corruption. He therefore urged officer and men to be fair and firm in the discharge of their duties, bearing in mind that they would account for any act of irresponsibility in and out of office and appropriate sanctions meted out. He added that by the time the ongoing restructuring of the Police is concluded, Nigerians will be bequeathed with the kind of Police Force they deserve.

While speaking earlier, Ringim said the appointment of the new IGP became necessary upon his request to President Goodluck Jonathan to proceed on pre-retirement leave and the receipt of approval through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim.

The former Nigeria Police boss insisted that though the job is a challenging one, he gave it the best shot and ‘sincerely believe that the force did creditably well to discharge its functions in my time.’

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