In September 2002, the Justice Niki Tobi Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the civil disturbance in Jos, Plateu State recommended the dismissal of M.D. Abubakar from the Nigerian Police Force for grave negligence of duty, but the Commission’s recommendation was never implemented.
The same Abubakar is now appointed as Nigeria’s acting security chief, at a time when national insecurity and unprofessional conducts by members of the Nigerian Police Forces pose an unprecedented threat to the country’s stability.
“The Commission recommends that for his ignoble role during the September, 2001 crisis which resulted in the loss of thousands of lives, among other losses, the former Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command, Alhaji M.D. Abubakar, be advised to retire from the Nigeria Police Force, and in the event of his refusal to do so, he should be dismissed from the service. The Government should forward this recommendation to the Police Service Commission for consideration and necessary action,” the the Justice Niki Tobi Commission stated.
The appointment of Abubakar follows the forced retirement of Hafiz Rigim, the immediate former Inspector General of Police, as a result of the shocking escape of an Islamist terrorist 24-hour after his arrest. Kabiru Umar (alias Sokoto), a member of the notorious Boko Haram Islamist militia was accused of masterminding 2011 Christmas Day bombings that killed more than 40 people in the outskirt of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. The group’s latest assault caused the death of more than 160 Nigerians, mostly security agents, in the northern city of Kano on January 20.
The Nigerian State House in a news release on Wednesday announced that President Goodluck Jonathan “has approved the appointment of Mr. Mohammed D. Abubakar as Acting Inspector General of Police as a first step towards the comprehensive reorganization and repositioning of the Nigeria Police Force to make it more effective and capable of meeting emerging internal security challenges.”
“Born on May 5, 1958, Mr. Abubakar enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force on July 30, 1979. He was the AIG in charge of Zone 12 Headquarters in Bauchi, before his new appointment.”
But the Niki Tobi Judicial Commission was short of praises for the newly appointed acting IGP back in 2002. “The criticism of Alhaji M.D. Abubakar’s role in the crisis stems from the fact that apart from being a member of the State Security Council, he was at the helm of the Plateau State Police Command whose admitted primary and constitutional role is to provide security of life and property to the people of the State. He was accused variously of neglecting or even undermining this role with serious consequences for the government and the people,” the report affirmed.
READ Below: Justice Niki Tobi Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Jos civil disturbance and the recommended dismissal of M.D. Abubakar – Paragraph 18, Page 225