Police slam General Wahab (rtd), says IGP in firm control

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By Tobi Adetunji

The Nigeria Police has cautioned Major general Garba(rtd) on what it considers an unconstructive criticism about the security architecture of the nation, and affirmed that the  Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu is not only in firm control but a global policing icon.

The police gave the warning in a statement by the Police Force Relation Officer, DCP Frank Mba on Tuesday, a copy of which was made available to Nigerian NewsDirect,

The statement titled “Workings of the NPF: IGP is in firm control” reads in part, “The  attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to comments and reactions during an interview session on Channels TV Sunrise Daily program of 13th November 2020. where one Major General Garba Wahab (rtd) commented that “…rather than improving the improvement (sic) …the IGP is sitting down there with all the paraphernalia of office deprived of actually having control of police… he is not in control.”

DCP Mba, revealed that the Major General overview of the performance of the police is borne out “ignorance and lack of understanding of democratic policing culture.

“The Force wishes to categorically state that the Rtd Major General is wrong in his assertion as IGP Adamu is not firmly in control of the administration and operation of the Nigeria Police Force. It notes that the comments by Rtd Major General Garba Wahab shows that he spoke purely out of ignorance and from a jackboot mentality that lacks proper understanding of democratic policing culture, rooted in the Rule of Law. It reiterates that the retired Officer clearly spoke on a subject outside his areas of core competence.”        Mba emphasized, thus far that IGP had demonstrated a high level of dexterity that is in tandem with global best practice.

He said, “It is noteworthy that since his assumption of office as the 20th indigenous Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, a global policing icon, has in the past twenty-three months of his leadership of the Force, has shown sterling qualities in what the operational/administrative command and control of the Force should be.

“This is exemplified in the various reform policies being implemented to reposition the Force for greater efficiency, uphold the rule of law in policing actions and drive a citizen-centered policing approach. It is to the credit of his robust leadership style that even in the face of the recent violence occasioned by the ENDSARS protest and provocative attacks on Police personnel and assets, the officers under his command exercised maximum restraint and stayed calm, professional and committed to maintaining law and order in the country.    The Force, therefore, enjoins the general public and privileged opinion molders not to allow sentiments becloud their sense of judgment but to use opportunities of national platforms to offer constructive criticisms and advocate opinions that will help in improving governance generally and policing in particular in the country.

“Major General Garba Wahab (rtd) will do well to fact-check his assumptions before going public,” the statement read.