Mohammed Adamu, the new Acting Inspector General of police has assured all the police under his watch would be professional and fair to all parties while providing security for the general elections beginning on February 16.
Adamu’s statement came just as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other groups advised him to immediately re-engineer the force. The PDP, in advising Adamu berated Ibrahim Idris, his predecessor for a ‘shameful and partisan tenure,’ which, it alleged destroyed professionalism in the police and compromised the lives and property of Nigerians.
Adamu, speaking to newsmen after his decoration by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, stated that there were rules of engagement for the Nigeria Police, adding they would be strictly applied in dealing with security matters. He stressed that the police would not pander to the desires of any groups or interests.
“Well, we are professionals. We are going to stick to the rules. We are going to do the right thing; we will not go outside the ethics of our job to do things that are untoward. Everybody will be given a level playing field to play his or her politics,” Adamu said.
He assured that effective strategies would be put in place for the elections.
“On the elections, you have heard from the former IG; adequate arrangements have been made to make sure that free and fair and credible elections take place in Nigeria.
“We are going to build on the strategies put in place to make sure that we have hitch-free elections in the country,” he said.
Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, in a statement in Abuja, said Idris would be remembered as the only IG who allegedly surrendered the responsibilities of his exalted office to the whims and caprices of politicians close to the Buhari Presidency.
“He (Idris) 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 accusing innocent Nigerians of 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,” Ologbondiyan said.
He urged the new police chief to avoid the pitfalls of his predecessor.
Also, Uche Secondus, the PDP National Chairman, advised the acting IG to ensure credibility by clearing the mess allegedly heaped on the force by Idris.
Secondus, in a statement by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, said Adamu had a herculean task because enough damage had been done to the force allegedly by his predecessor.