IGP Ibrahim Idris; As Constant As The Northern Star

IGP Ibrahim Kpotun Idris

“We all have to start somewhere, and doing something is better than nothing at all. Start small so you don’t get discouraged and give up. Remember it is all about consistency”. Khloe Kardashian

By Adewole Kehinde

I have been monitoring the activities of the Inspector General Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris right from the day of his appointment (Monday, June 20, 2016) and confirmation (Wednesday, September 7, 2016) as IGP to date and I must say that President Buhari and the Council of State has put the right man to head the affairs of the Nigeria Police Force.

As at my last count, IGP Ibrahim Idris has held meetings with more than 60 different organisations including Embassies and Diplomatic Missions in order to promote peaceful society. This is part of is open door policies which is not common with past IGPs.

When the Amnesty International Report dated 21 September, 2016 was published against the Nigeria Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris commenced a serious reform to ensure high standard of behaviour in the official conduct of Nigeria Police and eliminate impunity and ensure transparency in the Police Force. The IGP in collaboration with Nigerians Unite Against Terror conducted a training on Human Rights And Police-Citizens Relations for SARS Officers in the 12 Police Zonal Command simultaneously at the 12 Police Zonal Commands in the country.

The training is a welcome development from the IGP as effective communications promotes unity and stall crisis such as extra judiciary killings.

The IGP has instituted a responsive Police; meaning it will be against work ethics henceforth for any Police Commander at any Command level to treat complaints with levity and complaint received from members of the public must be treated within shorted possible time to the satisfaction of the complainant. The Complaint Response Unit of the Nigeria Police under the leadership of ACP Abayomi Shogunle has closed the gap between the public-police complaints as any Police indicted are not left out of disciplinary action.

This is also a welcome development from the IGP as effective communications promotes unity and stall crisis.

In his effort to give a boost to the current administration’s war on corruption, IGP Idris has strengthen the Police X-Squad Units in all Police Commands with the deployment of thoroughly vetted, selfless and patriotic officers to tackle corruption and abuse of office within the Nigeria Police and at the Federal, States and Local Government levels. The personnel deployed to the Anti-Corruption Unit are supported with incentives to make them more effective in the discharge of their duties. I am aware that the Complaint Response Unit of the Nigeria Police has been merged with the X-Squad Units so as to strengthen the war on corruption.

Since his assumption of office, IGP Ibrahim Idris has ensured prompt and timely payment of salaries of serving personnel. As part of his promise, the total One Hundred and Seventeen cheques amounting to One Hundred and Ninety two Million Naira (N192,000,000.00) was presented to the families of late Police Officers. IGP Idris has vowed to ensure that the police are not at disadvantaged position compared to other Security Agencies in terms of salaries and other entitlements.

Another of his promise he has made possible was the establishment of Forensic Laboratories in the six geopolitical zones in the country. The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo laid the foundation for the Forensic Laboratory in the FCT, Abuja. This Forensic Laboratories is already boosting the capacity of the police in effectively and efficiently investigating and prosecuting crime in Nigeria.

It will also be recalled that kidnapping activities was the order of the day before IGP Ibrahim Idris took over as IGP, but as today, kidnapping is no longer on the headlines of the media as he has crippled the activities of kidnappers.

I remembered vividly that when the Inspector General of Police received the news of the kidnap of the CBN Governor’s wife, he swung into action and within 24 hours of her abduction, Mrs. Margaret Emefiele other persons kidnapped were released by their abductors without paying any ransom.

This was made possible by a massive police operation coordinated by the IGP Special Intelligence Monitoring Team and I must commend the IGP Ibrahim Idris, for this rapid action.

He is truly an exemplary of “Democratic Police” as he has the power to act according to the Law establishing the Police Force. Unlike other former IGPs, IGP Ibrahim Idris is fearless, takes decisions in consultation with his management team, and he is not teleguided nor takes instructions from Emirs, Obas or Politicians.

Although there are many sponsored protests, write ups and reports against the reform of IGP Ibrahim Idris, but Nigerians must know that Corruption will always fight back and the more reasons we need to support the Nigeria Police Force with maximum cooperation to ensure that this country shall continue to be more united and prosperous.

May Almighty Allah continue to guide the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris – Amen.

Adewole Kehinde is a Journalist and Public Affair Analyst based in Abuja.