The profile of the new Acting Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Abubakar Adamu Mohammed has emerged.
Naija News had reported earlier that Mohammed, an AIG, was named as the Acting Inspector General of Police.
Mohammed replaced Idris Ibrahim as the new police boss on Monday, January 14.
Idris, who will turn 60 January 15, was expected to have retired on January 3 after completing the mandatory 35 years in service. He was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force in 1984.
Before Idris was asked to proceed on retirement, he met President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The meeting which lasted almost two hours came after the duo had earlier purportedly met on the same issue last week Friday.
It was learned that President Buhari had asked the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, for a legal opinion on the possible extension of Idris’ tenure.
On the other hand, Idris’ successor, Mohammed, was appointed from the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, near Jos.
Born on November 9, 1961, Mohammed was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force in 1986. He has a bachelor in Geography.
Mohammed was a deputy commissioner of police in Ekiti state and had served at the Interpol where he served for over a decade.
The new police boss, who was the President of Interpol for five years, rose to the rank of assistant inspector general of police (AIG).
Mohammed served as the Commissioner Of Police in Enugu State and currently the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone Five, in Benin, Edo State, southern Nigeria.
The Nasarawa-born police chief was at one time a director of peacekeeping operations. He is a former police commissioner in Enugu and was an AIG in charge Zone 5.
His appointment lies to rest the controversy surrounding the tenure of Ibrahim Idris, outgoing police boss. There had been reports on the plots to extend Idris’ tenure but opposition parties kicked against it.
President Buhari appointed Idris March 21, 2016, after the retirement of Solomon Arase from the force as Police Inspector-General.