Going with ripe speculation of uncertainty about the faith of the 2019 general election coming from majorly opposition parties regarding the perception of security agencies, the new inspector general of police, Adamu Mohammed has succeeded in setting the agenda, putting issues specifics as front burner saying the police will be professional.
IGP Mohammed Adamu disclosed this after his decoration, coming out from the villa while addressing state house correspondents
He said he will ensure credible election adding that under his tenure, police will stick by the rules
“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.
Meanwhile, the new inspector general of police has reversed the transfer of Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP) Imohimi Edgal who was swapped with his counterpart at the Police Ordinance Department (EOD), CP Kayode Egbetokun.
An order from Force Headquarters on Sunday had directed that the transfer is carried out immediately.
Both CPs had scheduled a handover and takeover session for 3:00 p.m. yesterday. But while the closed-door meeting held, a phone call from the new IGP reportedly ordered the ceremony to stop.
Edgal, who briefed reporters alongside Egbetokun, said: “Gentlemen of the press are you here for the handover and takeover? Are you here because you love me or you are eager for me to leave? Well, there is a directive from our boss that the status quo should remain till further notice. We shall brief you later.”
Egbetokun, who had arrived with his chair, personal belongings, and staff, said: “We are government agents and we are always taking directives. Thank you all for coming.”
Edgal left immediately for Abuja to meet with the new IGP, following a gun salute by elated police officers.
Corroborating the statement, the state police public relation officer Csp Oti also confirm the developments to urban express news online saying the new inspector general of police, in its wisdom said the status quo should be maintained.
While humbled by the decision, the CP wishes to assure the people of Lagos that their safety and security remain his priority