By Chesa Chesa
The Police Council, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday confirmed Mohammed Adamu as the substantive Inspector-General of Police (IGP).
Adamu was appointed as Acting IGP by the President on January 15, 2019, following the retirement of Idris Abubakar as IGP.
Briefing State House Correspondents on behalf of the Police Council, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, said Adamu was confirmed by a unanimous decision of Council members who variously attested to the professionalism and experience of the new police boss.
Fayemi noted that Adamu’s competence saw him become the first African to be made a Director in the International Police Organisation (INTERPOL).
The governor also gave his own personal testimony of Adamu’s capabilities when he served as Deputy Commissioner of Police in Ekiti State between 2012 and 2013.
He said that the Council was confident that Adamu would tackle headlong the current internal security challenges like banditry, armed robbery and kidnapping; stating that his quick response so far on some of these has shown that “he is more than qualified for the job”.
Fayemi added that beyond Adamu’s professional ability, the Police Council, which also comprises all state governors, acknowledged the need for government at all tiers to make efforts towards preventing crime, while governors were encouraged to continue to support the police in their states.
Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, also affirmed that Adamu was well spoken of as everyone who spoke bore classical testimony of outstanding qualities of the new IGP.
He added that the prompt response he got from Adamu shortly before the general elections enabled Cross Rivers State to escape the scourge of the violence and insecurity during that period.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has promised to re-organize the Police Force for efficiency and effectiveness in order to face squarely issues of banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and general insecurity across the country.
Adamu stated this shortly after being confirmed by the Police Council during its meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Adamu was appointed as acting IGP on 15th January, 2019 to succeed Ibrahim Idris who retired after the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.
Speaking to State House Correspondents earlier, the new IGP said he had briefed the Council on the security situation in the country and the efforts the police was making in addressing the situation.
He said that his confirmation by the Police Council was a huge task to the entire police force to put in more energy in helping to address the security situation in the country.
“What it means for us that we have been given a huge task to make sure that we provide security within the country and make the country crime-free, which means that we have re-doubled our efforts.
“Whatever strategy we have put in place, we have to look at it, and re-strategize day in, day out to make sure that the insecurity in the country goes down to the barest minimum. We have to look at our strategy and re-strategize and also look at our personnel to re-organize the way our system is structured, identify the right personnel in the right places to have them do the job.
“So, it requires re-strategizing for us to be able to dig deep into what is happening in the North West so as to deal with the situation squarely.
Adamu noted that he was sure that the security agencies within the country were capable of dealing with the situation, addi g that “what we need to do is just to re-strategize and then face the criminals squarely.”