Following his confirmation as a substantive Inspector General of Police (IGP) by the Police Council, Mohammed Abubakar has promised effective policing of the country with a view to fighting what he called “crime and criminality”.
Mr. Mohammed who spoke to State House correspondents Thursday in Abuja said since his appointment as acting IGP, he has succeeded in implementing a new strategy for fighting crime which he says led to a drastic reduction of incessant attacks on banks and police stations nationwide.
“When we came on board you are aware that police stations were being attacked, policemen were being killed, banks were being attacked, money was being stolen without any action taken.
“Today, the situation is different and you will see more action, you will see more vigour, you will see more efficiency and effectiveness in police service and performance”.
Mr. Abubakar pledged to provide quality leadership to all officers and men of the Nigerian Police.
“I will give the right leadership, quality leadership that they expect to get without fear or favour to anybody and will do justice to all at every given situation”.
The IGP also spoke on the issue of clamour for state police by especially the state governors where he reiterated his stance that the country is not ripe for the initiative yet.
“We are not ripe for it now in this country politically and otherwise, take any state for example where a governor is to give instructions to the commissioner of police to do whatever the governor wants.
“In any case governors are aware that they can give lawful instructions that has to do with maintenance of law and order to their respective commissioners of police and they are duty bound to comply with such instructions, except where there is doubt then they have to clarify from the IGP and if the IGP has doubt he has to clear with Mr. President,” Mr. Abubakar added.
On the issue of $620,000 bribery scandal involving Farouk Lawan, the former chairman of the ad hoc committee that investigated subsidy payments for petroleum products importation, the IGP said investigations are ongoing and the police is collaborating with other security agencies on the matter.
“It is an ongoing case and we have made successive progress on it, those who are supposed to give evidence and witnesses are being interrogated because you know for you to prosecute a case of that nature, you need collaboration with sister agencies and we are working together to successfully investigate the matter,” he said.