15 facts about Nigeria’s new police IG, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu

President Buhari decorating the new police IG
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Mohammed Abubakar Adamu is Nigeria’s new Inspector-General of Police (IGP). The former assistant inspector general of police took over as the new police boss after crucial meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock Villa on Tuesday, January 15.

Here are key important facts to be known about the new police chief.

Birth

1. Mohammed Abubakar Adamu was born on September 17, 1961, in Lafia, Nasarawa state

Education

2. Adamu started his primary education in 1968 at Dunama Primary School, Lafia, and finished in 1974

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3. He proceeded to Government Secondary school, Obi, in Nasarawa state in 1975, and obtained his West Africa School Certificate (WASC) in 1979

4. He further attended School of Basic Studies at Ahmadu Bello University for a pre-degree programme

5. After the pre-degree programme, Adamu gained full admission into the same university in 1980, and he graduated with Bsc (Hons) in Geography in 1983. Adamu his compulsory one-year national service at Government Teachers College, Wamba, formerly in Plateau state but now in Nasarawa

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Career: Teaching

6. After NYSC, Adamu was employed as a Geography teacher at Government Day Secondary school, Gunduma, Keffi, Plateau state, in 1984. He left teaching as Vice Principal of the same school in 1986 for the Nigeria Police Force in 1986

 

Career: Police


7. Adamu joined the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1986 and trained at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos

8. He was subsequently posted to Imo state to work as the Divisional Crime and Administrative Officer at the Mgbidi Police Station, Mgbidi, Imo state

9. Between 1988 and 1989, he served as the officer in charge of general investigations at the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Zone 6, Headquarters, Calabar, Cross River state. In 1990, he was transferred back to Lagos

10. Adamu became the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in Ekiti state in 2010


11. He was transferred to Kaduna to serve in the same capacity in 2012

12. In 2014, he was promoted and became the Enugu state commissioner of police

13. After successfully completing his course at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, he was made the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 5 Benin. Zone 5 comprises Bayelsa, Delta and Edo state commands

14. He served in the Interpol Headquarters in Lyon, France as a specialized officer in Economic and Financial Crime Directorate, where he rose to become the first black African to be the Assistant Director in the Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France. He later became the vice-president of Interpol Award

15. Adamu was awarded the most outstanding community policing command/commissioner of police in Dubai, in 2014 Adamu spoke shortly after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and his predecessor, Ibrahim Idris in Abuja on Tuesday, January 15. Adamu said he would stick by the rules in directing the affairs of the nation. On the 2019 elections, the new police chief assured that it will be free and fair and that the right things will be done.

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