President Muhammadu Buhari has named former Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, as the board chairman of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund.
Abba was sacked as IGP by former president Goodluck Jonathan for “gross indiscipline” in 2015.
Jonathan’s sacking of Abba came towards the end of the former president’s tenure, after losing the 2015 presidential election to Buhari.
Meanwhile, President Buhari on Wednesday said his appointment of Abba as the chairman board of trustees of the PTF was pursuant to the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Establishment Act 2019.
The President also approved the appointments of the following as Executive Secretary and members of the Board respectively:
Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto – Executive Secretary
Mr Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri – Representing Ministry of Police Affairs
Inspector-General of Police – Representing Nigeria Police Force
Usman Bilkisu – Representing Ministry of Justice
Mr Ben Akabueze (DG, Budget and National Planning) – Representing Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning
Engr. Mansur Ahmed – Representing Organised Labour
Dr. Michael Bamidele Adebiyi – Representing Civil Society Group.
A statement by the president’s senior media assistant, Garba Shehu, said the appointments were part of Buhari’s commitment and drive to “retool policing architecture” in the country.
Shehu said the Police Trust Fund was expected to meet the aspiration of a “well-funded, equipped and highly professional Nigeria Police Force in line with international best practices.”