ONLY recently, Lagos state
Commissioner of Police,
Edgal Imohimi announced
the bid to inaugurate 6,000
Spy Police into traffic
management in the ever busy
and foremost South West
Imohimi said this while
addressing the spy police at
the Police Training School,
Ikeja weekend.
He noted that he wanted
a state where members of
the public would spend less
time in traffic. He said that
the spy police had not been
optimally utilized as he
intended to incorporate them
into the integrated traffic
management of the state to
take care of the shortfall of
manpower in the police.
Hear him: “The importance
of the supernumerary
police called ‘spy police’ is
to take care of the shortfall
of manpower in the police
and also assist in security
at private organisations.
I felt we are not using the
spy police optimally. Yes
they are doing well at their
various organisations but
at this trying time, they will
be integrated into the traffic
management structure of the
“I will rather use the spy
trained by the police than
allow quasi agents take over
traffic management in the
state, especially on weekends
when there are activities.
“I have directed that the
6,000 spy policemen be
integrated into the traffic
architecture because they
cover the length and breadth
of the state.”
The CP further enjoined
members of the public to give
the spy police the needed
support in carrying out their
Typical of happenings
in any well organised
establishment, it is not out of
place to underscore the fact
that but for the Inspector-
General of Police and
his unique ability to rally
support for his programmes
among his officers and man,
the planned introduction of
6,000 Spy Policemen in Lagos
traffic management would
not be in the pipeline.
This also is in tandem with
the declaration of retired
Deputy Inspector-General of
Police, Joel Azubuko Udah not
too long ago when he praised
the Inspector-Inspector-
General of Police on the
arrest of Nigerian billionaire
kidnapper, Chukwudumeme
Onwuamadike, aka Evans.
According to Udah, the
Nigeria Police Force would
not have achieved the feat,
if not for the operational
background and hard work
of Idris.
He noted that Idris’
operational background
has led to clampdown on
criminals, recovering of cache
of arms and ammunition.
Udah said: “Idris’ sterling
performances in Kano and
Nasarrawa States, where he
was a state Commissioner of
Police added to his wealth of
“His previous engagement
in the Police Mobile Force and
the Operations Department
of the police for several
years gave him the added
advantage to be a performer
either as CP Kano, Nasarrawa
and now as IGP.”
Udah said that but for
Idris as CP Kano, Boko
Haram members would have
overrun the state.
He noted that Idris’ ideas
and his modus operandi
helped in the check of
activities of Fulani herdsmen
in Nasarawa State.
Udah said that the quick
thinking of Idris led to creation
of crack squads, led by senior
policemen like Assistant
Commissioner of Police Abba
Kyari and Ibrahim Abu, who
have arrested armed robbers
and notorious criminals such
as Vampire and Evans.
Udah urged Nigerians
to cooperate with Idris by
giving useful information to
the police.
Beyond all that,the
establishment of Eminent
Persons Forum, EPF made
up of professionals and wellmeaning
citizens by the IGP,
has further helped to check
violent crime in different
communities. More so, the
EPF has led to the arrests of
notorious criminals in the
past six months.
“I authoritatively learnt
that the arrest of the officials
of the Independent National
Electoral Commission in
Port Harcourt; River State
in connection with the last
December election in the
state was done successfully
through a tip-off by a member
of the EPF.”
There is now increasing
agreement by most Nigerians
that one of the reasons the
IGP has performed well in the
past one year was because he
placed competent officers in
the right places. For instance,
federal highways are
becoming safer for Nigerians.
Especially, Lagos-Abuja
road, the Kaduna-Jebba road
and the Lagos-Benin-Onitsha
road as highways where
security has been fortified.
There are many more. In
February this year, the IGP
Special Squad freed, Professor
Peter Breunig, a German
Archaeologist kidnapped by
bandits in Southern Kaduna
and his associate, Johannes
Buringer in what was a major
success in the fight against
kidnapping. The Police also
secured the release of Major
General Alfred Nelson, the
Deputy High Commissioner
of Sierra Leone to Nigeria
who was kidnapped by men
of the underworld.
The capture and killing
of armed robbery kingpin,
Henry Chibueze who
terrorised the South East
region of the country from his
den in Imo State is another
major achievement of the
IGP in the last one year of his
Praise came for the Police
boss when he successfully
provided security cover for air
travellers to and from Kaduna,
during the temporary closure
of the Nnamdi Azikiwe
International Airport, Abuja.
Idris deployed 350 policemen
to ensure security of
passengers along the Kaduna-
Abuja expressway and
aerial surveillance by police
helicopters which assisted in
checking criminal activities
in the area during the period.
These have speedily given the
Police under IGP Idris human
face, long desired.
Thus, unlike his
predecessors, the IGP
has ensured that police
checkpoints scattered across
the country are taken down.
This order has since taken
effect and has affected all
the states except checkpoints
within states where
extraordinary measures are
still in place in response to
attacks blamed on the Boko
Haram sects, recurring
herdsmen/famers clashes or
the menace of kidnapping.
The nation’s most senior
cop has argued at several
fora, that checkpoints have
their uses if they are used
to specifically check crime
or apprehend criminals.
“But when they acquire the
negative perception that they
have, they become moneyspinning
points to which
superior officers despatch
their trusted subordinates to
make ‘returns’ in the form
of financial gratifications,
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then they are compromised”.
Regular patrols by wellmotivated
police personnel
have effectively replaced
Some of the egregious
but common practices of
the police, like detaining
suspects without charge
for more than 24 hours has
been discontinued while the
law on detention of persons
is currently being strictly
On the above scores alone,
IGP Idris has every reason to
roll out the drums as many
a public servant with far less
achievements has done. But
then, these are not his only
Another achievement of the
police high command that
is unprecedented is leading
role it is playing to foster
inter agency cooperation
to make Nigeria more safe
and secure. In this breath,
the IGP has strengthened
the relationship between the
police force and other sister
security agencies through
courtesy visits to the Chief
of Army Staff (COAS),
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS),
Chief of Air Staff (CAS),
the Comptroller General
of Customs, Commandant
General of the Nigerian
Security and Civil Defence
Corps (NSCDC) and other
relevant organisations.
The IGP, who hails from
Kutigi, Lavun in Niger State,
was born on January 15,
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.
IGP Idris 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.
Idris, who was in charge
of Operations at the Force
Headquarters before his
appointment as the Acting
Inspector-General of
Police first, then later, the
substantive police chief.

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