All things being equal, The Federal Government is
expected to announce Assistant Inspector-General of Police,
Zone 7, Mr. Suleiman Abba, as a replacement for Mohammed
Abubakar, the Inspector-General of Police, whose tenure ended
on July 30, 2014.
Findings indicated that President Goodluck Jonathan had
already conveyed to Abba the news of his appointment as the
next IG, following his selection by the Police Council made up of
the 36 state governors and the Chairman of the Police Service
Commission, Mike Okiro.
A source in the Presidency said, “Abba would be announced any
moment from now as the next IG; in fact, the appointment has
been confirmed to him personally, all we are waiting for is the
official announcement by the President which may be made
after the FEC meeting on Wednesday.”
Abubakar, from Zamfara State, enlisted into the Nigeria Police
Force on July 30, 1979 and was due for retirement on July 30,
2014, based on the mandatory retirement age.
Abubakar, who had attained the mandatory 35 years in service,
had been expected to proceed on terminal leave early in the
month, but he had clung on, hoping his tenure would be
The PUNCH had exclusively reported that Abubakar would not
be granted an extension in spite of his relative achievements in
the Force and efforts by Vice President Namadi Sambo, to
persuade President Jonathan to extend his tenure till 2015.
The appointment of Abba as the next IG seems to have put paid
to Sambo’s alleged promise and assurances to Abubakar and his
dream of staying in office till after the general elections.
Investigations showed that it was only the tenure of former IG
Sunday Ehindero that was extended by one year by the
administration of Olusegun Obasanjo.
Abba, whose appointment may be announced on Wednesday
after the Federal Executive Council meeting, had served as the
Commissioner of Police in charge of Rivers State; Deputy Force
Secretary and Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of
State CID, FCT Police Command.