Buhari appoints new Inspector General of Police

Mohammed Husaini, Abuja

Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, as the Acting Inspector General of Police.

He is to succeed Mr Solomon Arase who retired on Tuesday after 35 years in service.

Until his appointment, Mr Ibrahim Idris from Niger State was the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations at the Force Headquarters.

President Muhammadu Buhari is meeting with both the Outgoing and incoming Inspectors General of Police at the presidential villa.

The new Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, one of the rare talented police officers Nigeria is bestowed with, hails from Niger State in North-Central Nigeria.

Having obtained two academic degrees of Law and Agriculture at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and University of Maiduguri, Idris had also attended numerous courses and trainings in Nigeria and abroad.

He has attended several peace keeping missions in many countries of the world.

Idris started his police career in 1984 when he joined the force as Cadet ASP, after which he was posted as Gusau Police Divisional Crime Officer in 1986 and later Unit Commander 7PMF Sokoto between 1987 and 1989.

Owing to his excelling competence, unique performance, commitment to duty and doggedness, Idris was elevated to the rank of Deputy Police Commissioner Operations and Second in Command at the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor Leste UNMIT between 2009 to April 2011 and again, Acting Police Commissioner UNMIT.

In July of the same year, he was appointed Kano State Commissioner of Police, a position he held until February 2013, when he was selected to attend Senior Police Officers Course at Nigeria Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, where he bagged the prestigious MNI membership.

Idris has virtually acquired all the trainings to face the challenges of security.

He is a versatile officer, highly trained with administrative acumen, a combatant imbued with dexterity to perform and execute assignments with precision and above all, an officer with diplomatic experience and approach.