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Nigerian Police IG Biography, Education, Networth, and Career Update

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Nigerian Police IG: The current IG of the Nigerian Police force is an officer widely defined in the Nigeria Police circle as an epitome of global policing and one with experience in policing in a diverse environment.

If you want to know about his Biography, Education, Networth, and Career Update, read through this article carefully.Nigerian Police IG Biography, Education, Networth, and Career Update

IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu was born on 17th September 1961 in Lafia, Nasarawa State where he also had his early education. He later proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Geography in 1983.

He followed up with a Master’s degree in International Criminal Justice Systems in 2010 at the University of Portsmouth, England.

Between the year 1997 to 2002, he was seconded from the Nigerian Police to the INTERPOL General Secretariat, Lyon, France as a ‘Specialised Officer’ on Economic and Financial Crimes in the Economic and Financial Crimes Sub-Directorate.


Mohammed Abubakar Adamu is the Nigerian Inspector General of Police. He was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on 15 January 2019 replacing Ibrahim Kpotun Idris (Rtd) of Niger State. Mohammed Adamu hails from Lafia, in Nasarawa State.

Before his appointment as Inspector General of Police, he was an Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Benin City, Edo State, and was responsible for the overall management and operations of the NPF Zone 5, comprising Bayelsa, Delta, and Edo State police commands.

Adamu Early Life and Career

He was born on 17 September 1961 and enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in 1986, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with a bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Geography. He also holds a master’s degree in the International Criminal Justice System from the University of Portsmouth, England.

Between 1983 and 1984, Adamu had his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Wamba, Nasarawa State, and taught Geography at Government Teachers College, Wamba, Plateau State, during the one-year service, then in 1984 — 1986, he was appointed as Geography tutor and later promoted to Vice Principal at Government Day Secondary School, Gunduma, Keffi, Plateau State, but presently in Nasarawa State.

His Working Experiences

He has worked at the International Criminal Police Organization, more commonly known as Interpol, as Economic and Financial Crime Specialist (1997-2002); Assistant Director in charge of the African Sub-Directorate of INTERPOL General Secretariat (2002-2005); Director, National Central Bureau and I-24/7 Global Communication System and Development (2005-2007); Executive Member (2010-2012) and Vice President responsible for Africa (2012-2014).

Adamu Career in Nigeria Police Force

A few years later, he joined the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1986 and trained at the Police College in Ikeja, Lagos State where he worked as the Divisional Crime & Administrative Officer at the Mgbidi Police Station in Mgbidi, Imo State.

He served at many levels such as Officer in charge of General Investigation at the NPF Zone 6 Headquarters in Calabar. Adamu also has extensive international experience, he worked at Interpol’s NCB in Lagos from 1989-1997.

He was the first Nigerian to be seconded to Interpol General Secretariat, Lyon in 1997 where he served as a specialized officer in Economic and Financial Crime, Sub-directorate from 1997- 2002.

He became the first black African to be appointed Assistant Director in charge of the African Sub-Directorate from 2002-2005. He was again the first African in the history of INTERPOL to serve as Director when he was appointed director of NCB Services and I-24/7 Development from 2005-2007.

When he returned to Nigeria, he appointed as Director in charge of Peacekeeping and Training at the Nigeria Police Headquarters, Abuja. Between 2013 and 2015 he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police and Commissioner of Police in Enugu State command.

President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him as the Acting Inspector General of Police on January 15, 2019, to replace Ibrahim Idris. Barely a week after he took over, He disbanded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) established by the previous Inspector General of Police.

On the 28th of January 2019, Adamu acting as the new inspector general of police submitted six names of the new deputy inspectors of police to the police service commission for general approval.

His full appointment as the 20th indigenous inspector general of police was confirmed by Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, President of Nigeria on the 23rd of May, 2019.

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Awards Earned by the Nigerian IG

Amongst others, he was awarded the most outstanding community policing command/commissioner of police in Dubai, in 2014. He was awarded as 2015 Best Commissioner of Police in community policing in Nigeria.

In 2018, Ag. IGP Adamu was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in International Relations by Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu in recognition of his international professional exposure. He is married and blessed with children.

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