PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday decorated Adamu Mohammed as the new Inspector General of Police (IGP).
Mohammed replaces Ibrahim Idris, who formally retired from service on Tuesday, January 15, 2018, as the new IGP.
Mohammed thanked the president for the appointment and pledged to do more in the fight against organised crimes in the country.
“We know that there are security challenges that we need to tackle in the country. Issues of kidnapping, abduction and other security challenges. From the strategies put in place by the former IGP, we will restrategize and make sure that we tackle these challenges squarely,” he said while answering questions from journalists at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, after his decoration.
Speaking on his plans for next month’s elections, Mohammed said “you have heard from the former IGP, adequate arrangement has been made to make sure that free and fair and credible elections take place in Nigeria. We are going to build up on the strategies put in place to make sure that we have hitch-free elections in the country”.
“We are professionals. We are going to stick by the rules, we are going to do the right thing. We will not go outside the ethics of our job to do things that are untoward, everybody will be given level playing ground to play his or her politics,” he assured Nigerians.
The former IGP Ibrahim Idris in a separate interview, after the decoration exercise said charged the new police boss “to go round the country and adopt measures to ensure that the Nigerian Police Force give maximum protection to lives and property”.
He praised the efforts of President Buhari in giving the right direction to the Force in the last three years and declared that “under this government I think the Nigerian police force has been making a lot of effort to secure Nigerians” assuring Nigerians of the Commitment of the police in providing adequate security of lives and property during the forthcoming elections..
Mohammed was born on November 9, 1961. He enlisted in the police in 1986. He has a bachelor’s degree in Geography.
He was at one time a director of peacekeeping operations. He was also a police commissioner in Enugu and later AIG in charge of Zone 5.
Until his appointment, he was a directing staff at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, near Jos, Plateau State.