Following the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan to the opposition at the just concluded Nigeria’s 2015 general elections, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, yesterday, became the first major victim of onslaught.
The police officer, who was exalted to the post of IGP only last year, however, incurred the wrath of the Presidency with these two unforgivable offenses:
1. His Refusal To Pick Presidency Calls Over Ogunshakin’s Recall
On the eve of the governorship and House of Assembly elections the former police boss reportedly ignored presidency official’s objection to the deployment of Ogunshakin to Rivers State on the allegation that the police officer was sympathetic to Amaechi and his party and would, therefore, not allow the PDP win the state.
A Presidency source told Vanguard that on learning that the IG had defied its order by redeploying Ogunshakin to Rivers State to supervise the governorship elections. A presidency official called the former police boss to recall the AIG with immediate effect from Rivers State or face the consequences.
The source said the presidency felt slighted when it could not get through to Abba.
The former police boss reportedly told the Presidency that AIG Ogunshakin was a formidable Police officer whom he described as a ‘no-nonsense officer’ feared and respected in the Police Force hierarchy and capable of ensuring law and order in the place of new assignment.
It was learnt that although the sacked IG reluctantly recalled Ogunshakin from Rivers State, forcing him to quit Port Harcourt by 5 am on the election day, Presidency did not forgive Abba for redeploying Ogunshakin reluctantly.
2. Attendance at Buhari’s certificate of return presentation
Another sin of the former IG was his presence at the presentation of the Certificate of Return to Muhammadu Buhari at the International Conference Centre on April 1, 2015, which convinced the Presidency that the IG was actually working for the opposition and it moved quickly against him.
Mr. Abba, 56, became acting Inspector General on August 1, 2014 following the retirement of his predecessor, Mohammed Abubakar, after 35 years of public service.
He was confirmed substantive IGP on November 4, 2014.
Abba’s sack was announced by the president’s spokesman, Reuben Abati, in a statement yesterday. While a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, was appointed to act in his stead.