Abba is Acting IGP
The police have a new chief.
Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) Suleiman Abba was yesterday named Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP). He replaces Mohammed Abubakar, in the saddle from January 2012 till yesterday when he retired after 35 years in service.
President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Abba, according to statement by his spokesman Dr. Reuben Abati.
The statement said: “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the appointment of AIG Suleiman Abba as the Acting Inspector-General of Police.
“AIG Abba, currently the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 7, comprising Abuja, Kaduna and Niger states, replaces the incumbent Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar, who proceeds on statutory retirement today having completed 35 years in service.
“The incoming Inspector-General, a lawyer, hails from Jigawa State and is an alumnus of the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies.
“Positions previously held by him in the Police include Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department, FCT Command, Deputy Force Secretary and Commissioner of Police, Rivers State.
“His appointment is with effect from Friday, August 1, 2014.”
Abba’s appointment has laid to rest speculations that Abubakar, whose tenure extension bid was spearheaded by Vice President Namadi Sambo, would stay in the police a day longer than his retirement date.
Abba was the Chairman of Police Cooporative and was ADC to Mrs. Maryam Abacha during the tenure of the late General Sani Abacha as military Head State.
Abba, 55, was born on March 22, 1959. He hails from Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State. He was enlisted into the police on December 31, 1984. Abba became an AIG on February 22, 2012, a few days after his predecessor was appointed the Inspector General of Police.
The new IGP served in various capacities and at various police formations. He was once the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of State CID at the Federal Capital Territory Command. From there, he moved to the Force Headquarters as Deputy Commissioner of Police (Deputy Force Secretary).
Abba is described by police sources as “an officer without controversy”. With the 2015 general elections around the corner, his major challenge and test of character may come from the way he handles the elections.
His first challenge may come from next Saturday’s Osun State governorship election.
If he serves out his full term as IGP, Abba, with Service No. AP24176, is expected to retire on March 22, 2019.
The Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mr. Mike Okiro, congratulated Abba on his appointment.
In a statement yesterday, Okiro, a one time IGP, advised Abba to rise up to the challenges of his new appointment.
He noted that as a tested officer who had various Command positions, he had no doubt that Abba would bring new perspectives in the search for solutions to the security threats confronting the nation.