The acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has blamed the rot and inefficiency in the Nigeria Police Force on deficient leadership.
In what appeared to be an indictment of his predecessors, the new Police chief pointed out that the absence of good leadership was the missing link in policing in the country.
Adamu said this during his inaugural address after he received the handover notes from Idris at the force headquarters, Abuja on Wednesday.
Adamu stated, “Amongst you seated in this hall today are some of such thoroughbred and passionate professionals who can hold their own amongst their peers and have consistently distinguished themselves in complex national and international engagements.
“All that you desire, from my experience, is a transparent, responsive, motivational, accountable and knowledgeable leader who will not only treat you with dignity, but who is sensitive to your welfare needs and fair in the manner your promotion and other reward regimes are addressed.
“The absence of this level of leadership has always been the missing link in policing in Nigeria.”
With his appointment, the new police boss said he was determined to draw on his national and international policing leadership experience to “bridge this missing link.”
He admonished the officers and men of the force to focus on the forthcoming general elections, adding that in the coming days, there would be concerted police deployments to ensure quality election security service delivery by the force.
Adamu warned that the police would not condone electoral violence, calling on all the political parties, their members and Nigerians to support the police in ensuring violence-free polls.