Zone 7 police chief Abba tipped for IG
Barring a last minute change, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Suleiman Abba will take over today as the 17th Inspector General of Police.
If approved by President Goodluck Jonathan the AIG Zone 7, will take over from Muhammed Abubakar, who bows out today after serving the mandatory 35 years in service.
Abubakar was appointed on January 16 , 2012.
Abba, who hails from Jigawa State in the Northwest geo-political zone like Abubakar (who hail from Zamfara), was strongly recommended for the top job by the Police Service Commission (PSC).
If Abba is appointed, some of the Deputy Inspectors Generals (DIGs) will retire. The fate of the other was unknown last night.
Abba is a former Aide-de-Camp to a former First Lady, Mrs. Maryam Abacha.
A member of the Nigeria Police Council, who spoke in confidence last night: “Abba has been “strongly” recommended to the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces as the next IGP, based on the recommendation of the Police Service Commission.
“The Police Council met and ratified the recommendation. The President is expected to make an official announcement upon the expiration of the outgoing IGP’s tenure today.
Abba was Commissioner of Police in Rivers State and the Chairman of Police Cooperative before he became AIG Zone 7.
Another source at the Police Service Commission, said: “We looked at the security challenges facing the nation and how to address these. The service records of Abba showed that he can lead the police to tackle terrorism headlong.
“Some have raised issues on his being ADC during Abacha era, but his evaluation confirmed that he was never wanting.
“He has good antecedents for the job. And security reports indicated that he would excel.”
On why a North-West candidate is succeeding the outgoing IGP from the same geopolitical zone, the source added: “We are after merit.”