New IGP Idris was in Mobile Police for 17 years, colleagues say he’s a tough cop
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, as the Acting Inspector-General of Police pending his confirmation by the Police Council, the Presidency confirmed Tuesday in a statement.
Idris’ appointment follows the official retirement of Mr. Solomon Arase on Monday. Mr. Idris who had a Mobile Police background has been described by his colleagues as a real super cop who is never afraid to dare. “He is a tough cop and criminals would surely face hard times under his watch”, a senior police officer at the Force headquarters who preferred not to be named told Political Economist.
Mr. Arase and Mr. Idris jointly met with President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday afternoon at the Presidential Villa.
“The Acting Inspector-General, who hails from Kutigi, Lavun in Niger State, was born on 15th of January 1959, and was enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in 1984, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture. He also holds a degree in Law from the University of Maiduguri.
“AIG Idris has served in various commands and formations in the Nigerian Police Force, working in the Police Mobile Force for 17 years as Unit Commander, Squadron Commander, and Commandant. He served as Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa and Kano States and was also the Commissioner of Police in charge of Police Mobile Force at the Force Headquarters.
“He was also at the United Nations Mission in Liberia and East Timor and was awarded “Medal of Merit” by the President of the Republic of East Timor in recognition of his service.
“AIG Idris, who was in charge of Operations at the Force Headquarters before his appointment as the Acting Inspector-General of Police, will act in that capacity pending his confirmation,” the statement signed by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President, (Media & Publicity), said.
Picture: Buhari with new IGP Idris