President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of retired Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Barrister Suleiman Abba, as the new chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund.
The report of the latest appointment was contained in a statement released on Wednesday, May 6, by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity.
It was gathered that the president has also appointed Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto as the Executive Secretary of the fund.
The appointment is pursuant to the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Establishment Act 2019.
President Buhari also appointed six people as members of the Board of Trustees. They are:
1. Mr Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri – Representing Ministry of Police Affairs
2. Inspector-General of Police – Representing Nigeria Police Force
3. Usman Bilkisu – Representing Ministry of Justice
4. Mr Ben Akabueze (DG, Budget and National Planning) – Representing Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning
5. Engr. Mansur Ahmed – Representing Organised Labour
6. Dr Michael Bamidele Adebiyi – Representing Civil Society Group
Shehu noted that the appointments are in furtherance of the Buhari administration’s commitment and drive to retooling the policing architecture in the country by emplacing the Police Trust Fund to meet the aspiration of a well-funded, equipped and highly professional Nigeria Police Force in line with international best practices.
The senior presidential aide also noted that it was President Buhari’s commitment to rebranding the Nigeria police that informed his re-establishment of the Ministry of Police Affairs in 2019.
The president also commended state governors, members of the National Assembly and Nigerians for their patriotic and spirited efforts at reforming the police to deepen the country’s internal security.
Shehu said the minister of police affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi will announce the inauguration date of the Board of Trustees of the Police Trust Fund.