By; Sunday Ode, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday appointed Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, as the Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP).
His appointment followed the exit of the former IGP, Solomon Arase, who bowed out of service in retirement on Monday.
Idris was formally introduced to State House correspondents as the new IGP by his predecessor, Arase immediately the duo emerged from President Buhari’s office after a brief closed-door meeting.
AIG Idris, who was in charge of Operations at the Force Headquarters before his new appointment would be in acting capacity pending his confirmation by the National Council of State, a statement in Abuja by the Presidency Spokesman, Femi Adesina said.
The statement which formally announced the appointment of the new IGP read: “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, as the Acting Inspector-General of Police.
“The Acting Inspector-General, who hails from Kutigi, Lavun in Niger State, was born on 15th of January 1959, and was enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in 1984, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture.
“He also holds a degree in Law from the University of Maiduguri.
“AIG Idris has served in various commands and formations in the Nigerian Police Force, working in the Police Mobile Force for 17 years as Unit Commander, Squadron Commander, and Commandant.
“He served as Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa and Kano States and was also the Commissioner of Police in charge of Police Mobile Force at the Force Headquarters.
“He was also at the United Nations Mission in Liberia and East Timor and was awarded “Medal of Merit” by the President of the Republic of East Timor in recognition of his service.
“Speaking to State House correspondents after a brief meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, the Acting IGP promised to uphold the core values of policing.
This, according to him, included the restoration of integrity and accountability in the Nigeria Police.
He said: “Honestly under my collective leadership, the Nigerian police is going to be governed by internationally recognised core values of policing everywhere in the world.
“That is the issue of integrity and accountability, issue of respect for diversity, issue of compassion, issues of ensuring that our streets, our neighbourhoods, our communities remain safe.
“We are going to do everything possible to ensure that we provide the best service to this country.”
Idris is new Acting IGP
By; Sunday Ode, Abuja.