The Nigeria Police Force has flayed recent comments by one retired Major-General Garba Wahab that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, was not in firm control of the police.
A statement signed by the Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, in Abuja on Tuesday said there was a clear indication that Wahab “spoke purely out of ignorance and from a jackboot mentality that lacks proper understanding of democratic policing culture, rooted in the Rule of Law.”
During an interview session on Channels TV Sunrise Daily program of November 13, 2020, the retired army officer had said: “…rather than improving the improvement (sic) …the IGP is sitting down there with all the paraphernalia of office deprived of actually having control of police… he is not in control”.
However, the police statement urged him to always fact-check his assumptions before going public; and that the general public and privileged opinion moulders should “not to allow sentiments becloud their sense of judgment but to use opportunities of national platforms to offer constructive criticisms and advocate opinions that will help in improving governance generally and policing in particular in the country.”
According to the statement: “The Force wishes to categorically state that the rtd Major General is wrong in his assertion as IGP Adamu is firmly in control of the administration and operation of the Nigeria Police Force.
“It is noteworthy that since his assumption of office as the 20th indigenous Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, a global policing icon, has in the past 23 months of his leadership of the Force, shown sterling qualities in what the operational/administrative command and control of the Force should be.
“This is exemplified in the various reform policies being implemented to reposition the Force for greater efficiency, uphold the rule of law in policing actions and drive a citizen-centred policing approach.
“It is to the credit of his robust leadership style that even in the face of the recent violence occasioned by the ENDSARS protest and provocative attacks on Police personnel and assets, the officers under his command exercised maximum restraint and stayed calm, professional and committed to maintaining law and order in the country.”