NEW Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu Tuesday allayed the fear of the opposition political parties that the police could be complicit in the rigging of the general elections.
Addressing reporters at State House, Abuja, following his decoration by President Muhammadu Buhari, Adamu promised to ensure the elections are credible.
“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 a level-playing ground to play his or her politics,” he said.
According to him, “Adequate arrangement has been made to make sure that free and fair and credible elections take place in Nigeria. We are going to build upon the strategies put in place, to make sure that we have a hitch-free exercise.”
Adamu replaced Ibrahim Idris whose tenure ended yesterday having crossed the mandatory thresholds of 35 years in service and 60 years of age.
The new police boss, who is from Lafia, Nasarawa State, and holds a BSc in Geography, will serve in an acting capacity pending a confirmation. He enlisted into the Force February 1, 1986, as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police.
Before his appointment as acting Inspector General of Police, he was the head of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, Plateau State.
He was Commissioner of Police in Ekiti and Enugu States and also Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5 Police Command Headquarters, Benin, Edo.devious and reckless police officer to hold the post.”
It further advised him to remove all templates of election rigging contained in the handover note that would be presented to him by Idris.