The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, on Tuesday, retired from service of the Nigeria Police Force at the age of 60 years, a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, has disclosed.
According to Mr Moshood, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Mr Idris to hand over the mantle of the police leadership to the AIG Mohammed Abubakar Adamu on an acting capacity.
In his acceptance speech, the Nassarawa State-born new acting IGP assured that the police would provide a level-playing field to all political parties in the coming elections.
He thanked President Buhari for finding him worthy for the position and promised to be professional in the discharge of his duties.
He said: “I want to thank Mr. President for considering me worthy to be the next Inspector General of Police. We know that there are security challenges that we need to tackle in the country: issues of kidnapping, abduction and other security challenges. From the strategies put in place by the former IGP, we will re-strategise and make sure that we tackle these challenges squarely.”
On what to expect during the elections, the new IGP said: “You have heard from the former IGP, an adequate arrangement has been made to make sure that free, fair and credible elections take place in Nigeria. We are going to build on the strategies put in place to make sure that we have hitch-free elections in the country.”
Asked if he was allaying the fears of the opposition that he would not be partisan, he replied: “Well, 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.”