President Buhari has appointed an acting police chief for Nigeria, local media portals reported on Monday. Abubakar Adama until his appointment was the head of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).
Idris assumed the role of police chief in mid-2016 after predecessor Solomon Arase left the post. At the time Idris was an Assistant IGP in charge of federal operations.
His appointment as Acting Inspector General of police, A-IGP, comes in the wake of the retirement of his predecessor, Ibrahim Idris. Idris has attained the age of 60 and must therefore retire from service.
The new man in the seat is from northern Nasarawa State, a situation which will reinforce claims by critics that Buhari continues to appoint predominantly northerners to head the security sectors.
Nigerian police have a high reputation of being corrupt with successive administrations pledging to oversee an image clean up. The police also has the task of maintaining internal security in most states in the country.
The police recently announced a big deployment of special forces meant to join the fight against terrorism. The police force will also be crucial for general elections slated for middle of February.
The Force spokesman says the Acting IGP Adamu holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography.
He enlisted into the police on February 1, 1986, as Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police