CP Sadiq Abubakar; A New Sheriff In Town

By Adewole Kehinde
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When CP Sadiq Idris Abubakar was appointed on Friday, December 23, 2022, as the 29th Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), I knew FCT Command is coming to the limelight.

Most residents of Abuja find it difficult to locate the FCT Police Command building in Garki, but that has become history as CP Sadiq has changed that with a bold FCT POLICE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS signpost at the top of the building.

Gone are the days you see accidental vehicles parked in the premises of the command car park is very clear of such and by 5 pm, you rarely see any car parked on the premises.

The Command has a new look as all the premises have been painted, including all the containers, shops, chapel, and mosque, which now look very neat.

You rarely see dirt littered around the premises because a new sheriff is in control of the command.

Even the garden at the entrance of the command is having a fresh air moment, thanks to a CP who has a vision of standard policing in line with international best practices.

CP Sadiq, a member of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru-Jos, holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and a Masters of Education in Educational Psychology, both from the University of Abuja.

He also holds a Bachelor of Science Education (BSc. Ed) Degree in Geography from Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto.

CP Sadiq enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in 1992, as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police and has since served the Force and the country at large in diverse capacities.

These include; Commanding Officer 15 Squadron Police Mobile Force (PMF) Ilorin, Kwara State; Chief of Training, Directorate of Peacekeeping Operations, FHQ, Abuja; Police Contingent Commander to Guinea Bissau, ECOWAS Standby Force; and Commandant, PMF Training College Ila-Orangun, Osun State.

He was the Commissioner of Police Peacekeeping Operations and Coordinator of Police Special Forces before his nomination for the Senior Executive Course at the National Institute between February and December 2022.

CP Sadiq has attended many courses, seminars, conferences, and workshops both within and outside Nigeria including Advance Detective Course, at Police Staff College Jos; PMF Commanders’ Combat Course, at PMF training College, Ila-Orangun Osun State; and Basic Infantry Tactics for Counter-Terrorism at Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna.

He also attended the ECOWAS Standby Force Map Exercise, Kofi Anan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra Ghana; United Nations (UN) Special Police Assessment Team (SPAT) Workshop, Amman, Jordan; Senior Management Course, KAIPTC, Accra Ghana; ECOWAS Workshop on Special Force Doctrine and Structure and UN Chief of Police Summit, New York, amongst others.

CP Sadiq, while thanking the Inspector General of Police, for the confidence reposed on him to serve in this capacity, assured the residents of FCT of a new dispensation of professional policing, and improved public safety and security.

He equally warned criminal elements in the FCT to steer clear and commit to legitimate ventures, noting the resolve of the Command under his watch to make the therein uncomfortable for crimes and criminality.

Indeed, CP Sadiq Idris Abubakar is the new sheriff in town!

Adewole Kehinde is a public affairs analyst and publisher of Swift Reporters based in Abuja. He can be reached via [email protected]

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