Elections: Acting IG charges officers to brace up for heavy deployment
From Jonas Ike, Abuja
…as outgoing IGP retires three DIGs
Ahead of the February 16, 2019 Presidential election and the National and State Houses of Assembly election which holds subsequently, the newly appointed Acting Inspector-General of Police IGP Mr Adamu Mohammed has called on Police officers to brace up for the task ahead as they would be heavily deployed for the election.
The IGP made the call in his inaugural speech at the his Conference Hall Force Headquarters Abuja on Wednesday saying that the Police Officers from the rank of Constable to the Deputy-Inspector General of Police DIG should be ready to ensure a successful election in 2019.
He said that the activities and actions of the Police officers would be subjected to public scrutiny and charged them to abstain from actions that will bring the Force to disrepute.
According to him, the upcoming general election would witness heavy deployment of Police personnel and added that he is that the force has the operational capacity to do that.
The IGP further said that the Police Force is blessed with the brightest and most intelligent personnel and expressed the optimism that the task ahead is surmountable.
At the event, the outgoing Inspector-General of Police IGP Mr Ibrahim Idris said that he is retiring from the services of the Nigeria Police Force having served the nation for 35 years.
The 19th IGP Idris who formally handed over to AIG Adamu Mohammed as IGP as 20th IGP in acting capacity thanked the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force for their support during his tenure of office as the IGP.
The ceremony was witnessed by Police officers from the rank of Constable to that of Deputy-Inspector-General of Police DIG.
Moreover, three Deputy-Inspectors-General of Police DIGs Audi Gambo, Umaru Tanko and Umaru Gusau were retired from service by the outgoing IGP to pave way for the acting IGP to assume duties.