Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, Nigeriaís Inspector General of Police is one
man who has the capacity to generate strong emotions in people. In
May 2018, the Nigerian Senate declared him an Ďenemy of democracy,í
who is not fit to hold public office in Nigeria and abroad. Prolific
English author, Edmee, Elizabeth Monica Dashwood, commonly known as
E. M Delafield once said, ď Every penny piece that's struck has two
sides to it.Ē This means there are two sides to every story. Whatís
the other side to the story of IGP Idris? Should Nigerians go with
the Senateís description of him? From the perspective of Enugu State
Commissioner of Police, CP Danmallam Mohammed, Ibrahim Idris is not
only a wonderful leader, he is also Nigeriaís best Inspector General
of Police. But is this police boss of Nigeriaís Coal City State a
credible voice? Born 1963, in Katsina, Katsina State, Danmallam
Mohammed is an alumnus of the prestigious Nigeria Defence College
and holds several degrees including a Master of Science in Strategy,
a Bachelor of Science in Political Science among others. He joined
the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of
Police in March 1990, and has served the Police Force in various
capacities, such as Aide Camp to Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo,
worked with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission - EFCC,
Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department, and until
his posting to Enugu State, was in charge of Community Policing at
the Force Headquarters. In this candid encounter with Frontpage
Nigeria, the firebrand police officer postulates that IGP Ibrahim
Idris is a leader that should be celebrated by Nigerians. He went
further to describe him as Nigeriaís best Inspector General of
You have the picture of the
Inspector General of Police as your WhatsApp profile picture, and
you inscribed 'Vote of Confidence' on it, what do you mean by that?
You mean our amiable leader, the
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim K. Idris, MPM, MNI, a
very honest, a very good patriotic citizen, incorruptible, a very
hard working officer, the most detribalized police officer in
Nigeria, a crime fighter, a distinguished fellow of the Institute of
Management Studies, Bukuru, Jos. He is a very honest man, he is my
role model. What he achieved within two years people will celebrate
him when he leaves office. Remember, before he took over as
Inspector General of Police, we know what the situation was in terms
of crimes and criminality. Today, he single-handedly beat the
activities of kidnappers to a very low level. For example, what is
happening in Enugu State now, when people praise me, I tell them it
is part of the tutelage from the IGP. Through his support, guidance,
and supervision, we are able to reduce the activities of kidnappers,
armed robbers and other criminals to the lowest level. Look at the
activities of kidnappers along Abuja-Kaduna road, today, it is
history. He also succeeded even in bringing down the issue of this
Fulani herders/farmers clashes. He has achieved a lot and he
deserves the commendation of all the good citizens of this country.
While this is not the subject
of this interview, I want you to comment on his relationship with
the political class because he's had several clashes with them.
When you look at him, you will
find out that he is a very interesting personality. He doesn't have
any problem with the political class, rather, he's having problems
with criminal elements within the political class who want him to
compromise on so many issues and he refused, nothing more than that.
He has a very excellent cordial relationship with the executive, he
has an excellent cordial relationship with the judiciary, he has an
excellent cordial relationship with members of the public, so it is
only a certain group of people who want him to dance to their tune
and he said no, nothing more than that. As far as I am concerned, he
is a very interesting person, he has achieved a lot, that is the
reason why God Almighty has kept him and is still keeping him in
that office up to this moment. If he is a bad person, it would have
been over by now.
So you are saying the
Government should keep him, the fear is towards 2019 elections, do
you think Nigerians should have confidence in him?
What is the fear?
That he could compromise.
Nigerians need an IGP that stands for free and fair elections, that
has no political interest.
Remember he is the same Inspector
General of Police who supervised the election in Ondo State, in
Anambra, Ekiti, and Osun State. No break down of law and order. The
election in Ondo State was adjudged as one of the fairest election
ever conducted. The same vote of confidence was given to him for
providing adequate security for ensuring that there was a free and
fair election. So, as I rightly said and I have no regret for saying
it, anybody who is opposing the IGP has criminal tendencies. The
good citizens of this country, patriotic citizens of this country
are behind him hundred percent, and we are behind him and God
willing, the 2019 election will come and pass. It's going to be
peaceful. It's going to be free and fair. One interesting thing
about our amiable IGP is that he has zero tolerance for corruption.
He is incorruptible.
encourages us that whatever case we investigate, we should charge to
court. This is because as the police, we have limits. You know the
IGP is a lawyer, If you are handling any case, he follows up. He
would ask you about the case to know how far you have gone. He
understands that we are police officers, we canít decide a case. It
is the court that decides. But some people who are against him will
tell you stories because he has refused to do business as usual.
They are not happy, they will sit down somewhere and cook stories
against him. That is why I am telling you that he is a very
Quote me anywhere, no
Commissioner of Police will tell you that he has collected money
from him. You see, some people are not happy with him because he is
not corrupt. He is a typical embodiment of what is good in the
creation of the Almighty God. And that is why because God knows his
heart, Nothing people say will affect him. Quote me.
He will go far. Something about
him - you can't approach him and give him money. He will not accept.
This is the same attribute with one of our greatest African leader,
the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhhamadu Buhari.
Because today, our great President is saying no to corruption, he is
saying no to impunity, some criminals are ganging up against him,
telling all sorts of lies. In Nigeria today, we are no longer
talking about bribery to get a contract. Nobody is saying, bring a
percentage for Mr. President or this Minister. Just do your work and
Remember, for the first time, a
President is coming, met projects on the ground which is not part of
his own programmes, yet, he's implementing them. A typical example
is this issue of the Second Niger Bridge, road constructions and
other projects. This man believes in continuity when things are done
right. But because some other people have discovered that it's no
longer business as usual, they are not happy.
What about the Treasury Single
Account which has blocked all the leakages where government money
was going into wrong hands and wrong accounts? They are not happy.
What about the tax invaders who are making billions upon billions
every year? This government now has stopped that trend. They are not
happy. Sometimes, I ask myself, which kind of leader do you want if
we are accusing the current president? Do you want the same leaders
who will sit down every day to share Nigeriaís money? Something is
wrong with that. This is one single person who is saying no to
previous impunity. People are criticizing him because of the
economy. They forget that we depend on oil. The price of oil
crashed. During the previous administration, it was between $100 and
$125 per barrel until 2014. The time Buhari took over in 2015 it was
about $40 per barrel. How can you compare this when the influx of
money into government account reduced drastically? Our currency was
also devalued. But even at that, look at the money he saved in the
foreign reserve. Look at the ongoing contracts, look at the bailout
funds to state governments.
Is it the issue of security? The facts are there. Mischief makers
give false figures deliberately and confuse innocent Nigerians. They
tell you about thousands of people being killed here and there under
this administration. They make wrong comparative analysis.I
challenge them. How did they arrive at these figures they are
deceiving people with? I have made my own research and very soon
I'll publish it. I did a comparative analysis. Even before the issue
of terrorism and insurgency, we had the problem of ethnic/religious
crisis. You know how many people died? Let me give you an example,
Boko Haram attacked Baga on January 3, 2015. In a single day, about
2,000 people were killed.
It was reported by Amnesty International. They said 2,000 people,
they said people, they didn't say Muslims, they didn't say
Northerners, they said 2,000 people were killed in one day. See what
is being reported today, that between January and June this year a
total number of 1, 758 Christians were killed by Fulani Jihadist.
What of the 2,000 killed in January 2015? They don't have a
religion, they don't have an identity, they are not people? But the
ones killed from January to June have an identity, they are
Christians. I ask, those 1,758, if you are sure they are all
Christians, give us their names and addresses. Then again, we want
the people parading these figures to go back and check the records
of those 2, 000 killed in a day. We need their names, we need their
fixed addresses, we need their religion. Let us compare and see.
Remember the year 2000 Kaduna riots where about 5,000 people were
killed. People so easily forget. What about the attack in Central
Mosque in Kano by Boko Haram? In just one day over 2,000 people were
killed. Why didn't they report that Muslims were killed? They just
said worshipers were killed.
Somebody somewhere is trying to increase or to fuel a number of
religious crisis in this country to make sure they destroy the good
image of this country, but God Almighty who loves Nigeria will never
allow it. All they are doing is in vain. Nigeria is a blessed
country. We need each other to survive. My best advise is - Letís
live together in peace, love, and harmony.
Let us pray for this President who is working so hard to make this
country a better place, who is working so hard to make sure that the
values of righteousness
and integrity are restored in governance. Look at the road
project going on in this part of the country. Look at the issue of
the Second Niger Bridge. There is continuity, there is no abandoned
This is why I am telling you that I am passionate about
incorruptible leaders. I am passionate about leaders who do the
right thing. I try to emulate them. When I took over here as the
Commissioner of police, I told my Area Commanders that I donít need
anybody to bring money to me. As a commissioner of police, you are
my junior, you are not supposed to give me money. I am supposed to
give you. And this is part of the secret to my success here. It is
part of my strategy, they donít have any pressure.
What I demand from you is to do your job. My amiable leader is
against corruption. Iím against corruption. You should be after
criminals. Donít terrorize members of the public. Do police work
passionately. Do your work, the money will come in a good way with
blessings, even if it is N1 you get with blessings, it is better
than the N1 million you get with pain and cursing.
I am at peace with little money
than have millions with curses and tears from someoneís eyes.
That is why my DPOs know that if they mess up, I will remove them.
My best friends are the ones who are doing the work.
Under your watch as the police boss, crime has declined, it is
said that Enugu is one of the safest states in Nigeria today, whatís
It's very easy. Security is everybody's business. Through the
concept of community policing, we are in touch with various
stakeholders in the state.We partner with them to give us useful
intelligence about criminals and their activities. This has helped
us a lot in checkmating the activities of criminals. That is one
aspect of it. These stakeholders include, but not limited: the
traditional rulers, that is the Council of Traditional Rulers, we
are in touch with them, we are in touch with the student leaders,
their various unions from different institutions, the religious
leaders, the market union, transport unions including motor park
unions. We have a good partnership with them in the fight against
The second aspect of it is synergy with other security agencies.
Enugu State is lucky. We have the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army
here, We have the 533 Air Force Base, we have the 103 Battalion of
the Nigerian Army, the DSS, and other security agencies. We meet
periodically to review the security situation in the state. This has
helped a lot in bringing down crime level to its lowest level.
When you talk also about the issue of visibility policing, our men
and officers are deployed to various strategic places throughout the
state. And we are also having a good synergy with the State
Government under the able leadership of His Excellency, the
Executive Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who is
a good friend to the Police, who is supporting us financially,
morally and otherwise. So you can see policing in Enugu is unique.
The issue of HerderĖfarmer conflicts used to be prevalent in
Enugu State, but it is now a thing of history, what magic wand did
you use to eliminate this conflict which has become a great
impediment to Nigeriaís peace and security?
We are in constant touch with both the Miyetti Allah organization,
the Igwes, the representative of the farmers, we have the forum
where they usually meet and review issues when they arise. For
instance, if there is an issue of herders destroying farm crops, the
committee will look into it and they will tabulate, they will know
the amount involved and the herders have to pay. We all agree with
that, and in a situation whereby the locals or the natives rustle
cows of the Fulani herdsmen, we also assess and force them to pay
This method has helped a lot in solving this issue of
Herders/Farmers clashes and we also advise the herders to always
rear their cows under the supervision of adults because we
discovered that most times they send small children to go on this
rearing of cows. And also the issue of Intelligence -Led Policing
has helped a lot in checking crimes and criminality in the state.
There are other security measures which are not for public
consumption because of security reasons.
The issue of Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria is so much on the front
burner, since you have recorded success in eradicating this conflict
that was like a recurring decimal here, do you think your strategies
should be replicated in other states in Nigeria to help solve the
I don't understand this your question. You mean that in Nigeria,
herders/farmers clashes are on the increase, my strategies here
should be used?
Yes. Since you have been able to solve that problem here in Enugu
State, it's not been solved in Plateau, it's not been solved in
Benue, donít you think the method you applied here should be used in
other states with this vexing conflict?
Let me just say that the truth will resolve the conflict. People are
economical with the truth of what is actually causing the clashes.
There is a reason for it.
What is the reason?
When you look at what is happening in Benue and Plateau, it's beyond
Fulani Herdsmen and Farmers Clashes. Some criminal elements are
hiding under it to commit more heinous crimes. We all know that
there is the issue of militia groups in Benue and Plateau, and they
have their political sponsors. Nobody is talking about that. When
you look at other states where the political leaders are truly in
charge of their states, all these issues are not there. Take Enugu
State where I am as a typical example The political heads and other
groups of eminent personalities are all working towards peace, and
that's the reason why we are enjoying peace.
When people come to me and say, 'Ahh, CP you have brought peace in
Enugu', I say to them, ĎIt's not me, it's the good people of Enugu
because they are ready for peace and we are enjoying peace. So my
appeal and advice to those states you mentioned are for them to do
away with evil, for them to do away with any issue of impunity and
work towards peace, they will get peace. This is why I want to
express my appreciation to members of the public. They are the most
important stakeholders here. Without their support and cooperation,
we will not have the peace we are enjoying here. They are behind us,
we thank them for the support, we thank them for their confidence in
us. Without them we cannot achieve, we cannot reach the level we are
reaching. The Governor and other stakeholders are behind us. Here, I
enjoy a huge support from members of the public. They have accepted
me as their son, as their friend, as their partner in fighting crime
and I'm happy to say this any day anywhere. The good people of Enugu
State are very wonderful.
Have you received any chieftaincy title so far?
I donít need any chieftaincy title. But you can turn behind your
back there and see awards from different organizations within one
year. Chieftaincy titles have their own rules and regulations. We
are public servants. You don't just go and receive chieftaincy
titles, But many have offered me, and I told them to keep it. Time
will come for it. For now, I am completely focused on doing my work,
making sure that criminal elements are flushed out, that the good
people of Enugu State continue enjoying the peace and tranquility
We have been talking about your amiable leader, letís come back
to you. Who is CP Danmallam Mohammed?
I'm a police officer, a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
nothing more than that. And why did you become a Police Officer?
Why didn't you go for any other
I want to serve my fatherland and the best place to serve is the
Police. You know that in this our work, we are like medical doctors.
We save lives. This is one of the reasons why I joined the Nigerian
Police Force - To save lives.
Have you had any sad moments since you came to Enugu?
No sad moment.
You have not had a sad moment? Okay, can you recount your
My greatest? For me, they are many, but let me summarize- Farmers/
Herders crisis is over here. Today, there is sanity in Enugu State.
When I took over, the issue of car snatching was rampant, In a day
we used to record about 5 to 7 cases of car snatching. Car snatching
is now history in Enugu metropolis. Let me put it this way- it gives
me great joy that there is peace in the state, that we are able to
preserve law and order, protect life and property, make sure
criminals are off the streets, that Enugu is one of the safest
states in Nigeria today.