IGP Suleiman Abba, CFR, NPOM, mni

Ag. IGP Suleiman Abba's Maiden Speech

It is my distinct honor to stand before you as your new Inspector General of Police. I'm both excited and humbled by this privilege to serve this outstanding and distinguished organization and our country, Nigeria.
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*As Arewa Youths partner with Police to ensure violence-free general elections in February, 2015

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, CFR, NPOM, NPM, mni, today 28th January 2015 charged Nigerian youths to refuse being used as political thugs by politicians, stating that the youths are leaders of tomorrow of our great nation, hence they should distance themselves from all acts capable of impacting negatively on their personality and that of the country.

The IGP made these remarks while receiving the executive of Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) led by its National President, Mr. Gambo I. Gujungu who came on a courtesy call on the IGP at the Force Headquarters.

The AYF National President expressed the determination of its members to work towards violence-free general elections. The AYF thereafter decorated the IGP with the “Exemplary Leadership Award”.

The IGP equally charged the executive to sensitize other youths in the country on the need to fully participate in community policing activities in their areas. He gave the Nigerian youths assurance of his support for every peace initiative on National development they may embark on, just as he reiterated that the strategies put in place by the Police to ensure violence-free general elections in February 2015 are being implemented.

Ag. CP EMMANUEL C. S. OJUKWU, psc
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
FORCE HEADQUARTERS,
ABUJA.

*Emphasizes on the need for politicians and various stakeholders to steer clear of all acts capable of impacting negatively on the nation

It would be recalled that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, CFR, NPOM, NPM, mni, had earlier directed Zonal AIGs and State Commissioners of Police to crack down on Political thugs and miscreants perpetrating mayhem and causing an untold discomfort for supporters and actors of opposing political parties in the on-going political campaigns. Some suspects have been arrested in connection with perpetration of violence during political campaigns at different locations contrary to section 227 of the 1999 constitution (as amended) and sections 94 and 95 of the Electoral Act.

The IGP has therefore ordered their immediate prosecution in the court of law no matter their status in the society.

While the IGP advices politicians to play the game by the rules, the Nigeria Police will not condone any act of hooliganism from any quarters.

Members of the public are assured of their safety always and equally enjoined to support the Police by reporting any untoward criminal act in their areas promptly at the nearest Police station.

Ag. CP EMMANUEL C. S. OJUKWU, psc 
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, 
FORCE HEADQUARTERS,
ABUJA.

IGP SULEIMAN ABBA, CFR, NPOM, NPM, mni

*Warns that violators of the law will face the music

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, CFR, NPOM, NPM, mni, is seriously concerned that despite several warnings to political actors, their sponsors and collaborators against the recourse to violence and the use of thugs in furthering political interests, there have been reports of untoward activities in political campaigns and meetings.

The IGP notes that it is particularly worrisome that, of recent, thugs and miscreants have been employed by some political parties to disrupt and truncate the political campaigns of their opponents. In some instances, stones and missiles have been hauled at the nation’s highly respected citizens and leaders. Abusive and demeaning words, and in some instances, offensive vituperations bordering on the macabre, have been hauled at opponents. We have also received disturbing reports of the pulling down and defacing of campaign posters.

These conduct definitely do not speak well of the maturity of aspiring leaders. Such acts contravene section 227 of the 1999 constitution (as amended) and sections 94 and 95 of the Electoral Act. Besides, they grossly negate sections 5 - 8 of the Public Order Act and Article 3 of the Political Parties Code of conduct commonly agreed to and adopted by all political parties.

For the avoidance of the doubt, the Nigeria Police will apply the full weight of the law on any political actor, sponsor, associate or foot-soldier who resorts to hate speech or the use of violence to advance his or her political agenda. The unity, peace and orderly progress of this nation cannot be mortgaged to suite or oil the ambitions of a few.

Consequently, the IGP has directed all Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police to thoroughly investigate all acts by political actors, their sponsors and agents that contravene the provisions of the laws enumerated above.

Let it be restated that the law is not a respecter of persons.

Ag. CP EMMANUEL C. S. OJUKWU, psc
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
FORCE HEADQUARTERS,
ABUJA

*Charges them to live up to expectations of their new responsibilities.

The 17th indigenous Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, CFR, NPOM, NPM, mni today decorated ten newly promoted Senior Police Officers at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. The event was witnessed by family members of the promotees as well as representatives of the Police Service Commission and development partners.

1. DIG ADEOLA ADELEKE ADENIJI, mni
2. AIG ADENRELE TASHEED SHINABA, mni
3. AIG IKEMEFUNA R. OKOYE, fdc
4. AIG ABUWA ADENIKE
5. CP PETER BABATUNDE OGUNYANWO
6. CP SAM A. OKAULA
7. CP DIBAL PAUL YAKADI
8. CP HARUNA HUZI MSHELIA
9. CP USMAN ALI ABDULLAHI
10. CP MOHAMMAD A. MUSTAFA

In his remarks, the IGP charged the decorated Officers to live up to expectations of their responsibilities and to inject their wealth of experiences in assuring violence-free general elections in February, 2015.

Ag. CP EMMANUEL C. S. OJUKWU, psc
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA.

PHOTO: Newly Promoted Senior Officers in a Group photo with IGP and members of the Police Management Team.

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