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Ex-IGP Abba begs Nigerians for forgiveness

Immediate-past Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba has appealed for forgiveness from anyone he might have wronged while in office.
This was as his successor, Solomon Arase, the 17th indigenous IGP, in his inaugural address, promised to surmount the several social and human challenges, further assuring that he will provide the highest professional service in the force.
He listed that the conduct of supplementary governorship elections and handover ceremonies at the states and national level, are twin challenges that the Police must strive to overcome.
He said he would massively deploy men and materials to security prone areas to identify perpetrators of electoral violence and isolate them, warning deviants not to test his will.
He assured that the DIGs and AIGs to be deployed, are properly empowered, but stressed that senior police officers would henceforth be accountable for their actions.
Born on 25th June, 1956, Arase joined the Nigeria Police in 1981. He holds several academic qualifications. He is an author and a member of the Nigeria Bar Association, and of the War College and National Institute.
‎He had served in the Police Mobile Force, He was in the Police Operations Unit and also the head of the Police Detectives and Intelligence Unit and was also Principal Staff Officer to two former IGPs.
The former IGP, Abba at the ceremonies in the hall during the handing over ceremonies, explained that he was happy to be stepping aside in good health and thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for elevating him to the rank of IGP.
At exactly 3:18pm, Suleiman Abba in brown-coloured safari suit, entered the Force Headquarters and carried out his valedictory inspection of guard of honour at the main entrance gate after which he had a handshake with the members of his erstwhile Management Team.
‎An hour after the duo entered the IGP’s office for formal explanations on the contents of the handover note, they emerged at the Conference Hall on the seventh floor of the Louis Edet House to complete the handover formalities.
On August 1, 2014, former IGP Suleiman Abba, took over from Mohammed Abubakar through a similar process, except that Abubakar still wore his uniforms and his ranks when he handed over to him.
Abba explained that it was an honour for a member of his Management Team to be so elevated, stressing that it was a well-deserved appointment.
Wishing him well and confident he will do much better from what he met, he explained that Arase was well qualified and understands what he should be doing.
He noted that because of the differences in the society, people would misunderstand the activities of the Police, adding “to those who I might have offended, please, find a place in your heart to forgive me.
“To my colleagues, I believe you have seen it all. We started at a very difficult time, a time when the country was preparing for elections but my happiness is that we have gone through it; elections are almost over and I want to thank those who helped in making sure that we have peace and that we had a credible election,” he stated.
He thanked President Jonathan, members of the National Peace Committee, the Police and other security agencies for their dedication, adding that more support should be given to Arase than they had given him.
He explained that under his watch, the Police respected human rights, had a better attitude to work and respect to sister security agencies, stressing that the working plan to sustain these should be strengthened as it would lead to a complete transformation of the Police.
Arase extolled the leadership qualities of Mr. Abba, describing him as a true team player who does not demonstrate that he was the boss.
Stating that Abba was “a great icon of our time”, ‎he added that the former IGP was not only intellectually gifted but professionally sound.
Arase also called on citizens to change their mind-set, adding that policy document on intelligence-led policing and respect for human rights would be unveiled in due course.

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