Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan has named Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, as the new Inspector-General of Police, IGP, on Thursday.
Abba, was the AIG in charge of Zone 7, until his appointment. He takes over from Muhammed Abubakar, who proceeded on statutory retirement on Thursday.
The appointment was confirmed by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, in a statement.
Abati said Abba‘s appointment takes effect from Friday.
The statement read, “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the appointment of AIG Suleiman Abba as the new Inspector-General of Police.
“AIG Abba, currently the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 7, comprising Abuja, Kaduna and Niger states, replaces the incumbent Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar, who proceeds on statutory retirement today having completed 35 years in service.
“The incoming Inspector-General, a lawyer, hails from Jigawa State and is an alumnus of the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies.
“Positions previously held by him in the Police include Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department, FCT Command, Deputy Force Secretary and Commissioner of Police, Rivers State.
“His appointment is with effect from Friday, August 1, 2014.”
The former IGP had led Abba to a closed-door meeting with the President shortly before his appointment was made public.
In an interaction with State House correspondents after the meeting, Abubakar thanked Nigerians for their support.
He described the position of an IGP as challenging but said the experience was worth the while.
The new IGP, Abba Suleiman resumes duties on Friday, 1st August.