New Nigeria Police IG takes over, pledges to tackle corruption

The outgoing Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has handed over the leadership of the force to newly-appointed acting IG, Ibrahim Idris.

Mr. Idris is the 19th Indigenous police IG since the establishment of the force on April 18, 1964.

He took over from Mr. Arase, whose tenure as the head of the police lasted 14 months.

Speaking Tuesday during the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Idris said the police will be guided by internationally acceptable standards.

He said the force will no longer tolerate the handling of complaints by citizens with levity, and will tackle internal corruption as a yardstick for overcoming the war on corruption within the country.

He said the force will provide forensic libraries in all the geopolitical zones of the country, as well as establish joint operation centers with other security agencies at all police commands.

Mr. Idris pledged his administration’s willingness to establish a criminal data base in police commands to enhance investigations into criminal matters and make working uniforms available to staff, in a bid to improve physical comportment of officers.

Mr. Idris said the force will ensure greater participation of female police officers.


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