Abba’s indiscipline coursed through Police rank and file – Jonathan

By Post Nigeria May 13, 2015 09:45

Abba’s indiscipline coursed through Police rank and file – Jonathan

The Former Inspector General of Police Suleiman Abba was unceremoniously sacked for gross indiscipline that pervaded the Nigerian Police force during his tenure, President Jonathan has been quoted as saying.

The chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro, made this disclosure to newsmen following a Police Council meeting, chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan.

    “The President, in a very brief way said, during the period of the former IGP, a lot of indiscipline was noticed among the rank and file of the police and as such he felt that a new IG should come and try his luck.

    “That is what (Mr. Jonathan) said, though I cannot give details of that,” Mr. Okiro stated.

Abba was removed on 21st April in a terse statement by Reuben Abati, Presidential spokesman, with no reason given following the appointment of Solomon Arase.

Post Nigeria had reported that before Abba sack, top Government forces had umpteenth times mounted pressure on President Jonathan to drop the Police Chief but the President had remained unwilling to take any disciplinary action against Abba for lack of valid evidence.

It was gathered that Jonathan had intended to leave Abba’s fate to the incoming administration, but circumstances changed quickly and Abba was subsequently relieved of his duty.

Reports however, put it that the last straw was the leakage of the redeployment of AIG Tunde Ogunsakin from Rivers State on the eve of the April 11 Governorship poll.

    “The leakage of vital information from the Presidency to the opposition camp, was a pointer that Suleiman Abba had assumed mole status”, a source said.

Sources affirm that Suleiman Abba may have been kicked out of the office because of his partisan moves which is against the ethic of the Nigerian Police Force.

According to the Police Act, “the duties of the Police shall be the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders, the preservation of law and order, the protection of life and property and the due enforcement of all laws and regulations with which they are directly charged, and shall perform such military duties within or outside Nigeria as may be required of them by, or under the authority of this or any other Act.

    “When it concerns public safety and public order as provided for in section 215 of the Constitution, The President may give to the Inspector-General such directions with respect to the maintaining and securing of public safety and public order as he may consider necessary, and the Inspector-General shall comply with those directions or cause them to be complied with”

The IGP’s presence during the presentation of certificate of return to Buhari left many in the Presidency dazed because it was alleged not to be within his official “mandate.”

“The presence of the IGP at the National Collation Centre with Buhari was rated as a partisan move and a provocative initiative.”

Emerging from a meeting with Mr. Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo and Mr. Okiro, the now substantive IGP, Mr. Arase, told journalists that the welfare of his men will be “number one on ‎my cardinal responsibilities.”

    “You don’t motivate a workforce except their welfare is paramount,” he said. “I’m going to ensure that their welfare is going to be put on the front burner.”