Nigeria Police Council on thursday confirmed the appointment of Mohammed Adamu as the substantive Inspector General of Police (IGP)
His confirmation followed a meeting of the council held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Adamu has been in an acting capacity since January 15 when he was appointed to replace the former IGP, Ibrahim Idris.
He was presented to the State House correspondents at a press briefing by the newly elected chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state.
Fayemi, a member of the council was joined at the press briefing by his Cross River counterpart, Ben Ayade and the Special Adviser to the Presidential on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Both governors eulogised the IGP, noting that all their counterparts at the council meeting were full of kind words for him.
Speaking with State House correspondents after his confirmation, Adamu said the police would restrategise in order to get to the root of the security challenges bedevilling the nation.
He also explained that there was no need for the declaration of a state of emergency in security as suggested by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), noting that the security agencies were capable to handle nation’s precarious security challenges.
He said “what it means for us that we have been given a huge task to make sure that we provide security within the country and make the country crime-free, which means that we have re-doubled our efforts.
“Whatever strategy we have put in place, we have to look at it, and re-strategize day in, day out to make sure that the insecurity in the country goes down to the barest minimum.
We have to look at our strategy and re-strategize and also look at our personnel to re-organize the way our system is structured, identify the right personnel in the right places to have them do the job. So, it requires re-strategizing for us to be able to dig deep into what is happening in the North West so as to deal with the situation squarely.
Speaking further, Adamu noted that he was sure that the security agencies within the country were capable of dealing with the situation. “What we need to do is just to re-strategize and then face the criminals squarely.”
The Nigeria Police Council is made up of 40 members namely, the President, the state governors, the IGP and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission.
Section 27 of 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as amended states that the “Nigeria Police Council shall comprise the following members – (a) the President who shall be the Chairman; (b) the Governor of each State of the Federation; (c) the Chairman of the Police Service Commission; and (d) the Inspector-General of Police
Section 28 of the same Constitution states the functions of the Council to include amongst others that “ the Nigeria Police Council shall include – (a) the organisation and administration of the Nigeria Police Force and all other matters relating thereto (not being matters relating to the use and operational control of the Force or the appointment, disciplinary control and dismissal of members of the Force); (b) the general supervision of the Nigeria Police Force; and (c) advising the President on the appointment of the police.
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