ACTING Inspector General of Police [IGP] Mohammed Dikko Abubakar, yesterday decorated the newly promoted Deputy Inspectors General of Police [DIGs] and Assistant Inspectors General of Police with their ranks, stating that a new era in the policing of the country has come.
Speaking shortly before the decoration, of the seven DIGs and 13 Assistant Inspectors General [AIGs], Abubakar said that the society has changed and therefore, the Police must learn to do things differently. ‘’Today’s occasion is n opportunity for us to present the face of the new Management Team to all Nigerians and announce the beginning of a new era in the administration of the Nigeria Police Force. I say a new era because times and events have changed in the Nigerian society and the Nigeria Police Force must, as of necessity, do things differently. We need to evolve new strategies, improve in our relationship with the Nigerian public, enhance productivity and chart a new course for law enforcement in this country, for the benefit of all and sundry,’’ he charged.
He said since assumption of office as Police boss, he had taken steps to reposition the force particularly with the regards to respect for human rights. Within the past few weeks, since my appointment as Ag Inspector General of Police, I have activated initiatives to mobilize support and prepare the force to move in a new direction which will be a strong departure from what used to obtain within the Police system. That direction stipulates respect for human rights, civility to members of the public, zero tolerance for corruption, effective and efficient provision of Police services, enhanced collaboration and partnership with other law enforcement agencies and indeed, all stakeholders,’’ he said.
Abubakar added that he had had cause to demonstrate what be in the various positions held before his appointment as IG and promised to work assiduously towards achieving that dream.
He commended the Police Service Commission for demonstrating courage by effecting the promotion exercise stressing that the promotion of the officers would help.
The IGP said he appreciated the concern of Nigerians about shortcomings of the force and assured that he would do his best to address the problems, but solicited the cooperation of Nigerians. He reiterated that his administration would stick to merit and would support all officers who aspire to excel in the service to the country. He asked for courage, strength, dedication and compassion from all officers and men of the force.
Those decorated with the new rank of DIG were Suleiman Fakai, Atiku Usuf Kufur, Emmanuel Kachi Udeoji, John Haruna, Peter Yisa Gana, Marvel Akpoyibo and Abduraham Olajide Akano.
The new AIGs decorated included Solomon Olusegun, Michael Zuokumor, Orubebe Gandhi Ebikeme, Philemon Leha, Jonathan Johnson, Dan’Azumi Job Doma and Joseph Ebi. Others were Muktari Ibrahim, Suleimn A. Abba, Mamman Ibrahim Tsafe, Saliu Argungu Hasimu, David Omojola and Solomom Arase.
Speaking on behalf of the newly promoted officers, DIG Suleiman Fakai commended President Goodluck Jonathan, the Police Service Commission and the IGP for finding them worthy and promised that they would work as a team to rid the country of crime.