The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has told the new Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu to clean up the mess in the force created by his predecessor, Ibrahim Idris.
Secondus said in Osogbo, Osun State yesterday at PDP presidential campaign rally that IGP Adamu should strive to protect the police as institution and ensure the security of the people.
“We welcome, on behalf of the party, the new Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu. You are to serve Nigerians, please clean up the mess of the former IGP Idris. He served APC,” Secondus said.
He added that police should be an institution that protects the people and not a section or the cabal.
The PDP National Chairman also warned that the election should not be rigged, adding: “Never again will they steal the mandate of the people; never again will they steal the mandate of Osun State. They stole it temporarily, but by the grace of God, that will be restored.
“We warn INEC and the security agencies to be neutral.”
Also, the party has charged the acting IGP, Adamu, to restore the image of the Nigeria Police Force, from the partisan state the former IG, Ibrahim Idris, has put it.
The party, in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the acting IG should commence immediately the re-engineering process to restore professionalism and adherence to rules of engagement in the force.
PDP said Idris should be held accountable for the alleged atrocities committed by the police while he was in office.
“Ibrahim Idris will be remembered as the only IGP in our political history who surrendered the responsibilities of his exalted office to the whims and caprices of politicians who share courtesies with the Buhari presidency.
“He defied the need to secure troubled areas and watched carelessly while an integral part of our nation was engulfed in bloody clashes.
“Idris will also be remembered as that police officer, who had a penchant for framing innocent Nigerians with ridiculous allegations.
“Throughout his inglorious tenure, he functioned as the commander of the militant wing of the APC, just to retain his office and remain in power,” PDP further alleged.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has described the appointment of Adamu as acting Inspector General of Police as well deserved.
NGF, in a statement by Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, Head of Media and Public Affairs, noted that the new IGP had personal accomplishments, having occupied the office of the Director of Peace Keeping operations, as well as Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Police Command and AIG in charge of Zone 5.
“Until his appointment, he was at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) as a directing staff. Adamu Mohammed Lafia is reputed to be a man of impeccable character.
“Apart from heading police formations at their most strategic levels in Nigeria, Adamu Mohammed Lafia had also risen to the apex of international policing in Lyon, France, where he rose through the hierarchy of the organization to ascend the exalted position of the Vice President of INTERPOL, a position he held for years with distinction,” the forum observed.
The governors expressed confidence that the acting IG would bring professionalism and true leadership to policing in our country.
The forum added that IG Adamu is “arguably the most qualified serving police officer at this time, to occupy the very sensitive office of the Inspector General of Police”.