As the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, expires next week, on reaching the mandatory retirement age of 60, President Muhammadu Buhari may soon appoint a new IGP, following his promise to act on the matter.
Recall, that Buhari had said in an interview with Arise TV, that though the choice of a new Service Chief evokes unnecessary competition, he would act on the matter of Idris’ imminent retirement.
Idris’ tenure expires on January 15, 2019, when he turns 60 years old.
President Buhari is still putting close to his chest the final decision, on whether he would extend Idris’ tenure, or appoint a new IGP.
If the President has to choose a new IGP, sources have stated that he may look in the direction of the South-East, as the outgoing IGP is from Lavun, Kutigi, in Niger State.
In the South-East zone, there are two known top Officers in consideration for the position of IGP; one is a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG, a woman, and the other is an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, AIG.
Both of them were course mates, and promoted into the AIG rank at the same time.
DIG Peace Ibemere Abdallah, who is at present the DIG Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation, CIID, Abuja, is said to be a highly effective, versatile, and professional Police Officer.
A top Police Officer, disclosed that she is no less qualified than any other, but given the increasing crime wave and sophistication of criminals, believed to be mostly men, the question some have asked is, whether the country is ripe at present for a female IGP.
The other top Officer from the South-East, is AIG, Godwin Nwobodo, who is currently in charge of the Nigeria Police Border Patrol Force.
He is said to be another thoroughbred professional Police Officer, highly cosmopolitan and detribalised.
Though an Igbo man, Nwobodo was bred in Yorubaland, where he had his elementary, secondary, and university education, in the South-West, and also performed his mandatory National Youth Service Scheme in the zone.
AIG Nwobodo was born on 12 August, 1959, to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel and Margret Nwobodo, of Aninri Local Government Area, Enugu State. He completed his primary school education at Alafia Institute (Free Section) Mokola Ibadan, Oyo State, in 1973, and obtained his WASC and HSC, at Olivet Baptist High School, Olivet Heights, Oyo, in 1978 and 1980, respectively. He obtained a B.Sc (Honours) degree in Biochemistry, in 1983, from the University of Ibadan.
He served in the NYSC scheme in 1984, in Ondo State. He enlisted in the Nigerian Police Force, effective December 31, 1984. Since enlisting in the Police Force, Nwobodo has acquired more knowledge and degrees. He now holds a LL.B, BL (Law), M.Sc, in Legal Criminology and Security Psychology, as well as a MSS (Masters Strategic Studies), both from the University of Ibadan, effectively equipping him as a complete intelligence and robust crime-bursting and combating Officer, versed in law and criminology.
Nwobodo has held very sensitive positions and performed critical assignments. He was the Commissioner of Police (Courses) at the Nigeria Police Academy, Kano, before his recent promotion to the rank of AIG.