Following his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu promised to hit the ground running, pledging to rework the strategies used by his immediate predecessor, Ibrahim Idris.
Addressing State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he was decorated, the acting IGP vowed to tackle the issues of kidnapping, killings and armed robbery across the country.
He also assured that men of the Force will be professional during the forthcoming general elections in the country.
Adamu 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 restrategize and make sure that we tackle these challenges squarely.
“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 level playing ground to play his or her politics.
“On the elections, you have heard from the former IGP, the 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 hitch-free elections in the country.”
Also speaking to Aso Villa reporters, now former Inspector-General of Police, Idris said, “I want to inform Nigerians that today I am 60 years and I think I have reached the pinnacle of my career. So, I am going to handover to my successor. He is an officer I know very well. We worked together in the past. I wish him success.
“The advice I will give is that just like in our time, he should try to go round the country and adopt measures to ensure that the Nigerian police force gives maximum protection to lives and property.”
”The challenges are in the area of recruitment. I am sure you are aware that the government has just given us approval to recruit more people yearly, by the grace of God by this year the number of police officers is going to increase considerably.”
“We are adequately prepared for the elections. We have carried out a lot of elections in this country and I think you will agree with me that the Nigeria police force tried in these elections.
“I am assuring Nigerians that the Nigeria police force will do their best.”