Who is the current inspector General of Police?


The Inspector general of police is there a designated post at the Nigerian police force which is abbreviated as IGP and this position signifies the head in the hierarchy of the Nigerian police force. this position is the position of the most senior police officer in the service.

The pioneer of the Inspector General of police started with Louis Edet in 1964 for a 4 years term which is renewable.

And this is how the inspector General of police is being appointed. a candidate for the inspector-general of police must be a serving officer in the Nigerian police force that is being recommended by the Nigerian police counsel to the president of Nigeria who will now consider and forward the name to the Senate house for confirmation upon scrutiny.

The current Inspector General of Police the current and incumbent Inspector General of police in Nigeria is Mohammed adamu who began office in 15th of January 2019.

Mohammed Abubakar Adamu Court appointed by president muhammadu buhari on January 15th, 2019 after he replaced Ibrahim Kpotun Idris of Niger State. Mohammed Adamu is a native of lafia nasarawa state in northern Nigeria.

prior to his appointment for the position of inspector General of police, he was the assistant inspector general of police in Benin City Edo state. Which is the formal position he had the responsibility of overall management and operations and is on 5 of the Nigerian police force which was in charge of the delta, Bayelsa, Edo state police commands.

Brief Biography of Mohammed Adamu

let’s take a brief look at the life of Inspector General of police before he got appointed. Adam was born on the 17th of September 1961 while growing up he enlisted into the Nigerian police force in 1986. And this was after you finish from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where he earned a degree in geography. He didn’t just stop then he furthered his education at the University of Portsmouth England where he got his master’s degree in the international criminal justice system.

When he was done with his education he had the one-year compulsory youth service between 93 to 1984 where he was a corper in the National youth service corps in Wanna, Nasarawa state. While he served he was teaching geography and the government teachers college that was in Plateau state.

After his service for extra two years, he was a geography teacher who later got promoted to the post of the vice principal of government day secondary school which was in Gunduma, Keffi, Plateau state, Nasarawa.

It was a few years later in 1986 that joined the Nigerian police force the rank of cadet assistant superintendent of police which was after he got trained in the police college in Ikeja Lagos.

The letter was moved to Mgbidi, Imo State where he worked in the police station has the divisional crime and administrative officer. When he got transferred to Calabar zone 6 headquarters he served as the officer in charge of the general investigation.

Adamu is a man with experience as he also did his international extensive working experience between 1989 to 1997 in Interpol’s NCB in Lagos State.

He made masks in 1997 as the first Nigerian who got seconded to Interpol general secretariat in Lyon.

It was in this position that he specialized in economic and financial crime between 1997 to 2002 as an officer.

After that, he proceeded to become the first black African to get appointed in 2002 to 2005 as an assistant director in charge of the African sub directorate.

Your soulmate history in the Interpol as he was the first African to serve as the director when a court-appointed as the director of 1-24/7 Development and NCB services from 2005-2007.

When you returned to Nigerian Police Force headquarters in Abuja he got an appointment as the director in charge of peacekeeping and training.

Later on, he got an appointment as the deputy commissioner of police from where he ascended into the commissioner of police in Enugu state command between 2013 to 2015.

It was on the 15th of January 2019 that president Muhammad Buhari gave him an appointment as the acting inspector general of police to replace Ibrahim Idris.

He is a man of action and saying disbanded the special anti-robbery squad popularly known as SARS that was set up by the previous inspector General of police just in a week that he took office. By January 28, 2019.

I submitted the list of 6 people to become the new deputy inspector of police to the president for approval and his full appointment was confirmed by the president of Nigeria on 23rd of May 2019 as the 20th indigenous inspector of police in Nigeria.

Inspector general of the Nigerian police force is the highest rank in the police service commission and no just that he receives the highest remuneration in the service.

About Nigerian Police Force

The Nigerian police force is the main law enforcement agency in Nigeria that is paramount for the national security of lives and properties.
It is the paramilitary organ of the executive arm.
The Nigerian police force is very fast as he has over 371 800 police officers while it’s recruiting more officers yearly to boost the first 650000 officers.

The Nigerian police force has its Police training college in the government residential area in Ikeja Lagos State.

The Nigerian police have 30 States commands which is divided into 12 zones and 7 administrative organs. And this whole police force is being headed by Adamu Muhammed.

The Nigerian police force has three-tier administrative structure which comprises of the departments, the state, and the zonal commands.

it was the Babangida administration in May of 1989 that abolished the police service commission and set up the Nigerian police council which will be directly responsible to the president of Nigeria.

the major government agencies that charge of control and supervision of the Nigerian police force at the Nigerian police council, the police service commission, and the ministry of interior.

The Departments found in the Nigeria Police

Title Departments Responsibilities
Department of Finance and Administration Finance and Administration General administration and Finance
Department of Operations Operations Crime prevention, Public Order, Public Safety
Department of Logistics and Supply Logistics and Supply Works and Police Estate Management
Department of Criminal Investigation Force Criminal Investigation Department (FORCID) Investigation
Department of Training and Development Training Human resources
Department of Research and Planning Planning, Research and Development Statistics and Data
Department of Information Technology Information and communication technology Communication management


Ranks and Abbreviations in the Nigeria Police

Police ranks in Nigerian police force from highest to lowest are:

Inspector General (IG)
Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG)
Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG)
Commissioner of Police  (CP)
Deputy Commissioner of Police  (DCP)
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP)
Chief Superintendent of Police  (CSP)
Superintendent of Police (SP)
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP)
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP)
Inspector of Police  


Past Inspector Generals of Police

Louis Edet (1964 – 1966)
Kam Salem  (1966 – 1974)
Muhammadu Dikko Yusufu  (1975 – 1979)
Adamu Suleiman (1979 – 1981)
Sunday Adewusi  (1981 – 1983)
Etim Inyang (1985 – 1986)
Muhammadu Gambo Jimeta (1986 – 1990)
Aliyu Attah (1990 – 1993)
Ibrahim Coomassie (1993 – 1999)
Musiliu Smith (1999 – 2002)
Mustafa Adebayo Balogun (2002 – 2005)
Sunday Ehindero (2005 – 2007)
Mike Mbama Okiro (2007 – 2009)
Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo (2009 – 2010)
Hafiz Ringim (2010 – 2012)
Mohammed Dikko Abubakar (2012 – 2014)
Suleiman Abba (2014 – 2015)
Solomon Arase  (2015-2016)
Ibrahim Kpotun Idris (2016-2019)
Mohammed Adamu (2019-)



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