Onovo confirmed IGP, pledges better security
Mr. Ogbonna Onovo was, on Tuesday, confirmed the substantive Inspector General of Police (IGP), with immediate effect by the Nigeria Police Council (NPC).
His confirmation was considered quick, given the experience of his predecessor, Mr. Mike Okiro, who acted for months before his confirmation.
The council, headed by the president, is composed of the 36 state governors and relevant top government functionaries, including the Minister of Police Affairs and the chairman of the police commission.
The council, at its meeting on Tuesday, which was chaired by President Umaru Yar’Adua, was unanimous in the confirmation of Mr. Onovo as the IGP.
Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Yakubu Lame, who briefed the State House reporters after the meeting, said the appointment was not only based on seniority, but also on the fact that the new police boss was adjudged to be an accomplished, disciplined, dedicated and refined officer.
He said the appointment of Onovo was in accordance with the report of the M. D. Yusuf-led Police Reform Committee, which emphasised seniority in selecting IGP and commended Yar’Adua for following due process in the matter.
Onovo, in his response, thanked God, President Yar’Adua, the council members and Nigerians for the confidence reposed in him and for the opportunity to serve.
“I will ensure public safety and security of all citizens as demanded. I will ensure the uplift of the constitutional rights of all citizens with equality and justice,” he said.
NigeriaTribune Okey Muogbo and Chris Agbambu, Abuja - 05.08.2009