In what looked like an indictment during handing over of baton of power, the new acting Inspector General of Police Muhammed Adamu has told his former boss Ibrahim Idris and gathering of other senior officers that there is indeed rot in the police force Idris is leaving behind.
The acting Inspector-General of Police blamed the rot and inefficiency in the Nigeria Police Force on deficient leadership.
He also pointed out that the absence of good leadership was the missing link in policing in the country, The Punch reported.
Adamu said this during his inaugural address after he received the handover notes from Idris at the force headquarters, Abuja on Wednesday.
The former IG, who was dressed in a cream traditional wear with black cap, presented the Police flags (standard party) to his successor.
The acting IG stated that the NPF had thoroughbred and passionate officials who could hold their own among their peers in the world, adding that all they desired was a transparent, accountable and knowledgeable leader who would be sensitive to their needs.
Adamu stated, “Amongst you seated in this hall today are some of such thoroughbred and passionate professionals who can hold their own amongst their peers and have consistently distinguished themselves in complex national and international engagements.
“All that you desire, from my experience, is a transparent, responsive, motivational, accountable and knowledgeable leader who will not only treat you with dignity, but who is sensitive to your welfare needs and fair in the manner your promotion and other reward regimes are addressed.
“The absence of this level of leadership has always been the missing link in policing in Nigeria.”
With his appointment, the new police boss said he was determined to draw on his national and international policing leadership experience to “bridge this missing link.”
He admonished the officers and men of the force to focus on the forthcoming general elections, adding that in the coming days, there would be concerted police deployments to ensure quality election security service delivery by the force.
Adamu warned that the police would not condone electoral violence, calling on all the political parties, their members and Nigerians to support the police in ensuring violence-free polls.
Everyone knows there’s rot in Nigerian police, but how can it be addressed?