By Promise Uzoma Okoro,Abuja
The Former Police Boss Mr Solomon Arase, The Edo State-born cop was appointed Inspector-General of Police by former President Goodluck Jonathan in April 2015 following the removal of Barrister Suleiman Abba.
Solomon Arase clocked the mandatory retirement age of 60 years today June 21, 2016.
The New Inspector General of Police AIG. Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, hails from Niger State (North – Central) and has a track record of performance in the service.
A Law degree holder from the University of Maiduguri, AIG Idris was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force as cadet ASP in 1984 and rose through the rank. He served as divisional crime officer and traffic officer in Gusau in the present Zamfara State from January 1986 to March 1987 and was transferred to the Police Mobile Force in April 1987 where he served for 17 years during which period he held several command positions. He was Commandant, Mobile Force Training School, Gwoza Borno State, from February 1998 to January 31 2004.
AIG Idris also led a contingent of Nigeria Police officers to the United Nations Mission in Liberia on February 1, 2004 and was later seconded by the Nigerian government to the United Nations Mission in March 2005, where he served as Mission Police Operation Coordinator from February 2004 to October 2008 and was later deployed from there as Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of operation in the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor Leste (UNMIT) from October 2008 to March 20011. AIG Ibrahim Kpotun Idris was one of the few police commissioners who bagged the achievement of being posted to challenging states like Kano, to serve as commissioner.
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Two times during his stay in Kano, it was gathered; Idris who had just been promoted as commissioner took part in the joint security effort that helped to cripple the activities of the insurgents in the state.
The promotion of the two-time Kano State police Commissioner Alh. Ibrahim Kpotun Idris to the coveted position of Assistant Inspector General of Police AIG was one of such steps taken by the IGP that had elicited excitement in the force and among members of the public. His promotion was being widely held, however as a deserving reward for exemplary dedication, competence and professionalism.
Coming on this critical assignment with a glowing resume of experience as well as garlands acquired within and outside Nigeria, Idris must have been deemed a square peg in a square hole by his superiors who took the decision to post him to that department.