President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Ibrahim Kpotum Idris as acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP.
Idris replaced Solomon Arase, who has attained the statutory 35 years in service yesterday.
The new acting police chief met with President Buhari in the Aso Rock Villa yesterday, but the presidency is yet to issue a formal statement on his appointment.
Until his appointment, Idris, who hails from Niger State, served as AIG in charge of federal operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The acting IGP yesterday told State House correspondents after being introduced by his predecessor, Solomon Arase, that he would oversee Nigeria Police by what he called internationally recognised core values of policing like integrity, accountability and compassion among others.
“Nigerian Police is going to be governed by internationally recognised core values of policing ‎everywhere in the world.
“Those are the issues of integrity and accountability, issue of respect for diversity, issue of compassion, issues of ensuring that our streets, our neighbourhoods, our communities remain safe.
“We are going to do everything possible to ensure that we provide the best service to this country.”
Introducing his successor, Arase said, “I want to formally introduce my successor, AIG Idris Kpotum. He is going to be in acting capacity until the Police Council confirms.
“I want to seize this opportunity to thank Nigerians for the cooperation given me ‎while I served as the Inspector-General of Police.
“By extension, I want to also appeal to you to give the same support that you gave to me to my successor. He is a younger man; so I am sure he will be abreast with the contemporary policing issues.”

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