Council of State approves appointment of IGP, INEC commissioners

Council of State approves appointment of IGP, INEC commissioners
September 07 21:11 2016

By Abdulrahman Abdulraheem

The Council of State on Wednesday ratified  the appointment of Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

Idris has been in acting capacity since his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari in June, 2016.

The Council, chaired by President Buhari, also approved the appointment of six

National Commissioners for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and five National  Commissioners  for the National Population Commission (NPC).

Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State said: “”We deliberated on the appointment of six national commissioners for INEC, you know INEC is supposed to have 12 Commissioners. We had earlier approved six sometimes last year and additional six were actually approved today. And those six represent the six geo-political zones.

“You may wish to know that we approved five new commissioners for the national population commission, NPC in addition to what was actually approved for INEC,’’ he said.

He gave the names of the six INEC commissioners to include Alhaji Mohammed Haruna (North Central); retired AVM Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu (North East); and Abubakar Nahuce (North West).

Others were Prof. Okechukwu Ibanu (South East); May Agbamuche Mbu (South South) and Dr Adekunle Ogumola from the South West.

The NPC Commissioners, according to him, werehu Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji (Oyo); Patricia Iyaya (Benue); Benedict Ukpong (Akwa Ibom); Dr Haliru Bala (Kebbi) and Gloria Isofo from Bayelsa.

According to him, the council was also briefed on the state of the economy.

“The minister of state from the Ministry of Budget and Planning actually made a presentation to council on the ways and manner in which the Federal Government is approaching the way to rescue the recession path that we are going through.

“Council was confident and also approved the measures the federal government is putting in ensuring that Nigeria goes on the path of recovery as quickly as possible.’’

Also speaking on the outcome of the meeting, Gov. Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state disclosed that the Council and the Police Council had ratified the appointment of acting Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris. “We deliberated on the confirmation of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP).

“There was almost unanimous acceptance of his confirmation. So, the Police council resolved to confirm the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris,’’ he said.

The council meeting was attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, state governors, former Chief Justices of Nigeria (CJN) including Lawal Uwais, Dahiru Musdafa, Alfa Belgore and Alooma Muktar.

The meeting was also attended by former Heads of State, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), Dr Goodluck Jonathan and Ernest Shonekan.