Abba named as new Inspector-General of Police

Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has been named by President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday as the new Inspector-General of Police.

Abba, who until his appointment, was the AIG in charge of Zone
7, takes over from Muhammed Abubakar, who proceeded on
statutory retirement on Thursday.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr.
Reuben Abati, who confirmed the change of guard in the police
top echelon in a statement, said Abba’s appointment takes effect
from Friday.

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The statement read, “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has
approved the appointment of AIG Suleiman Abba as the new
Inspector-General of Police.

“AIG Abba, currently the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in
charge of Zone 7, comprising Abuja, Kaduna and Niger states,
replaces the incumbent Inspector-General of Police, IGP
Mohammed Abubakar, who proceeds on statutory retirement
today having completed 35 years in service.

“The incoming Inspector-General, a lawyer, hails from Jigawa
State and is an alumnus of the Nigerian Institute of Policy and
Strategic Studies.

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“Positions previously held by him in the Police include Assistant
Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation
Department, FCT Command, Deputy Force Secretary and
Commissioner of Police, Rivers State.
“His appointment is with effect from Friday, August 1, 2014.”

The former IGP had led Abba to a closed-door meeting with the
President shortly before his appointment was made public.
In an interaction with State House correspondents after the
meeting, Abubakar thanked Nigerians for their support.

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He described the position of an IGP as challenging but said the
experience was worth the while.