The Nigerian Police Council (NPC) on Thursday in Abuja confirmed the appointment of Mr. Mohammed Abubakar as the substantive Inspector-General of Police.
The decision was taken at the Council meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The meeting was attended by Vice-President Namadi Sambo; Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Chief Pius Osayande; the 36 state governors and the FCT minister.
Abubakar was appointed in acting capacity by the president on Jan. 25, following the compulsory retirement of his predecessor, Hafiz Ringim and six Deputy Inspectors of Police.
The president had said that the decision was an initial step towards the comprehensive reorganisation and repositioning of the Police to make it more effective and capable of meeting emerging internal security challenges.
Addressing newsmen after his confirmation, the IGP thanked Jonathan and the Council for the confidence reposed in him and assured improvement in security management.
“Let me first thank God Almighty for this opportunity and to thank Mr. President and members of the Nigeria Police Council which consists of all the governors for believing in me that I can be able to do my best in terms of this service, and to thank all Nigerians for their support since I was appointed the Acting Inspector General of Police.
“And today after my confirmation, I want to reassure Nigerians that I will put everything humanly possible and put my best to ensure the improvement of safety and security management in the security of this country.
“To ensure that justice and fair play takes place and to promise all officers and men of the Nigerian Police that I will give the right leadership, quality leadership that they expect to get without fear or favour to anybody and will do justice to all at every given situation.’’
Abubakar said the welfare of officers and men was of paramount importance to him, adding that his administration would continue to give priority attention to issues of remunerations, barracks and office accommodation, and transportation of theofficers and men
On the spate of insecurity in the country, Abubakar said the Police would put in more action, vigour, efficiency and effectiveness in their service and performance.