UPDATE: Why Suleiman Abba was booted out

By Amako Nneji April 21, 2015 17:20

UPDATE: Why Suleiman Abba was booted out

Following the sudden dismissal of Suleiman Abba as the Inspector General of Police, IGP, by President Goodluck Jonathan and the appointment of DIG Solomon Arase as the Acting IGP on Tuesday, reports have started to go viral as to why the Police Boss was shown the exit door.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Rueben Abati in his press statement did not disclose the reasons for the sack.

IGP Suleiman Abba, NPM, NPOM, became the 17th Indigenous Inspector-General of Police when he was appointed by President Jonathan on July 31, 2014.

Abba took over formally from IGP MD Abubakar, Rtd, on August 1 2014, after he successfully completed his 35 years of service, serving as the Police Boss from 25th January, 2012 to July 31, 2014.

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However, things began to fall apart between the Presidency and IGP Suleiman Abba, after allegations of security and protocol breaches and the reported unprofessional manner in which he piloted the affairs of the Nigerian Police Force.

Post Nigeria gathered that top Government forces have 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 in the last two days, 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.”

Recently, the Network Reform in Nigeria demanded the sack of Suleiman Abba, the leadership of the Department of State Security Service, DSS, and all the service chiefs in the country in order to overhaul the entire security system of the nation.

The forum listed several sins against Abba including human rights abuse and corruption while saying the entire security system had been politicized.