The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris has assured Nigerians that he would ensure that the men of Nigeria Police Force operate like their counterparts in developed nations.
While being introduced to President Muhammadu Buhari by his predecessor, Mr. Solomon Arase, the new Police boss announced that the Force would be governed by what he called internationally recognised core values of policing.
He listed the values to include integrity, accountability and compassion, among others.
He said that the Nigerian Police, under his leadership, would take with utmost importance issues of respect for diversity, compassion, and ensuring that our streets, neighbourhoods and communities remain safe.
“We are going to do everything possible to ensure that we provide the best service to this country,” he said.
Arase urged Nigerians and journalists to extend to his successor the same hands of cooperation they extended to him while he was in the saddle.
He said, “He is going to be in acting capacity until the Police Council confirms. I want to seize this opportunity to thank Nigerians for the cooperation given me while I served as the Inspector-General of Police.
“By extension, I want to also appeal to you to give the same support that you gave to me to my successor. He is a younger man, so I am sure he will be abreast with the contemporary policing issues.”
Arase had arrived the Presidential Villa at about 2.20pm in company with Idris to meet the President.
Idris, until his new appointment, was the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations.
Arase retired on Tuesday on the attainment of sixty years.