Abdulmajid Ali: A Quintessential Cob
As a Police Commissioner in Imo State, he recorded zero bank robbery throughout his tenure, and it is on record that he busted high kidnapping cases in the state. In Ogun State, he introduced modern policing at the grassroots through the instrumentality community policing which he used in stopping incessant ritual killing the state. He was lifted to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police in July 2016, and immediately deployed to the Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos as the number one cob.
During his tenure in zone 2, he organised a joint task force that involves other security agencies that struck and clear Arepo, a suburb of Lagos, of kidnappers, miscreants, pipeline vandals and bunkers, and after three months, he was moved to take charge of the Special Protection Unit(SPU) as AIG in the Force Headquarters, Abuja, in November, 2016.
This is Abdulmajid Ali, a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police who was born on August 28, 1960 in Minna, the Niger State capital. He had his primary education at Kankare Primary School, Zungeru and Central Primary School Kontagora, Niger State. On completion of his primary education, he proceeded to the Government Secondary School, Kontagora, Niger State where he obtained West African School Certificate in 1978.
Abdulmajid later proceed to the School of Basic Studies, Zaria, in Kaduna State from where he gained admission to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he bagged a BSc. Political Science in 1984.
On graduation, he did his mandatory one year NYSC at Owa Oyibu Secondary School, Agbor, in today’s Delta State then Bendel State. Fired by his love for national growth and security, Ali enrolled into the Nigeria Police Force as Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in 1986. On passing out, he was posted to Anambra State in 1987.
This versatile security chief held many posts in the Nigeria Police. In Anambra, he was the Officer in-Charge of Anti-Robbery Squad in Nnewi. He also held sway as the Divisional Traffic Officer (DTO), and a top-performing detective. Following the Federal Government’s policy on “Go back to your state”, in 1989 he returned to Niger State where he was Patrol Officer ‘A’ Division Kontagora, DTO ‘A’ Division Kontagora, DPO ‘B’ Division Kontagora, DPO ‘A’ Division Kontagora and DPO Tundun Wada Division, Minna.
When the policy was phased out, this thorough officer was posted to the Police College, Kaduna 1992-1997 as a directing staff and later posted to Rivers State where he served as the DPO Mini Okoro Division, DPO Mile 1, Diobu, DPO Olu Obasanjo and Acting Area Commander of Port Harcourt, Metro. As a result of his commitment to duties he was in 2002, promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and transferred to Police Air-Wing Lagos as AC Administration. He was later posted to Katsina State as the Area Commander, Daura 2003. Later he was appointed the AC CIID, Jigawa State in 2006. He again returned to Katsina State as the Area Commander, Daura, 2006 for the second time; a position he held when he led a team of policemen to repel and crush the Nigerian rebels who terrorise the Niger Republic and parts of Nigeria border.
This landmark operation earned him a Presidential Award of Excellence in 2008, and in 2009, he was promoted to the rank of the Deputy Commissioner of Police and transferred to Kano State as the DCP in-charge of Zonal CIID.
In the course of his service to his father land, Ali was again posted to Katsina State as the DCP Administration and later DCP in-charge of X-Squad FCID Abuja. He also served as the DCP Bauchi State command. This upward mobile police officer served in Ogun State as DCP Administration, a post he held until he was promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police and posted to Abuja as the CP in-charge of Bomb Disposal Unit of the Nigeria Police, Force Headquarters, Abuja. In February, 2015, he was redeployed as CP in-charge of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery, Abuja, a position he held until July 2015 when he moved to head Ogun State Police Command.
This detribalised police chief, who has been found competent in all ramifications of policing and public safety, was the pioneer Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Eastern Ports Command, Onne, Rivers State. Recently, the command was upgraded to a Zonal Command status by the Inspector-General of Police to tackle piracy, illegal bunkering, kidnapping, armed robbery and other water-related crimes with a view to creating enabling and peaceful business environment on the waterways and within catchment areas of the ports generally.
Ali, a proactive and seasoned retired DIG attended many professional courses, with certificates, both within and outside Nigeria. These include: Intermediate Command Course (ICC) PSC Jos – 1999; Senior Command Course (SCC) PSC, Jos – 2004; Anti-Terrorist Course Police Academy, Cairo, Egypt 1994; Bomb Detonating Course, Beijing, China 2013; Explosive Handling Course, Ghouzon, China 2013 and many management courses.
He is a disciplinarian, honest, humble, focused and reliable police officer, who has been involved in many ad-hoc assignments including: Commander, United Nations Peace-Keeping to Yugoslavia; Chairman, Saidu Namaska Orphanage Home, Kontagora, Niger State; Patron. M.J. Foundation etc.
In recognition of his professionalism and good service delivery and contribution to the upliftment of the Police, he has received many awards locally and internationally. Among the Awards are, Presidential Police award on Courage and Performance, 2013; Presidential Award of Excellence, 2008; United Nation Peace Keeping award 1995; Best Performing Commissioner of Police, 2015; Best Commissioner of Police by Crime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria, 2015; Outstanding Commissioner of Police in Ogun State since creation by Gateway News Update, 2015; Award of Excellence by Ogun State College of Health Technology,2017; and Award of Excellence by the National Youth Council of Nigeria, 2016.
Others include, Active Intelligence Officer of the Year by Ogun State Traditional Healers Association, 2016; Millennium Achievement Leadership Merit Award by City Express News, 2016; Grand Reception and Honour on his promotion to the rank of AIG by Kontagora Emirate Community and Youth Development Association, 2016; Award of Excellence in Service by Adlack Multimedia Concept, 2016 and a host of others.
One distinguishing character of this man of destiny is his uncommon modesty as manifested in his dealing with civilians, officers and men with different socio status. He relates with officers and men irrespective of tribal and religious differences, while it is well-known fact to everybody that comes in close contact with him, that he starts and ends every of his day with a smile despite obvious challenges. Friends and colleagues unanimously agree that his courageous operational efficiency stood out as a man of history and uncommon legacies adding that he is a perfect gentleman, dependable ally, humble but firm, humane, visionary and good team player.
Nigerian Police Force through Abdulmajeed Ali reiterated the commitment to protecting the lives and property of the citizenry. Ali made this known during a working visit to the Kwara State Police Command in Ilorin, the state capital. He assured Nigerians not to panic, stressing that the police will deal decisively with any security threat. Ali notes that security is a responsibility of all hence the need for people to cooperate and furnish the police with information about suspicious movement in their communities.
He said in line with the community policing philosophy, the law enforcement agency will recruit people from wards, districts and local government levels to beef up security apparatus in the country. He also commended the Police Commissioner, his officers and men for what he described as a job well done in making sure that peace and security in the state are preserved. In his remarks, the police commissioner, Kayode Egbetokun, thanked Ali for the visit, noting that with the support of his officers and men, Kwara was able to conduct the most peaceful election during the 2019 general elections.
Adding, Egbetokun said the command has been exploring the community policing philosophy which he said greatly helped in the recent successful rescue of the abducted four Turkish nationals. Abdulmajid Ali has retired from the Nigeria Police, after a meritorious service for the country, and has also marked his 60th birthday. With the retirement birthday party, he played host to police chiefs in the country, who is who in the society, and the media among others. A documentary on him titled, Zimbo: The Gentleman Officer, was unveiled at the ceremony.
Ali likes reading and engaging in sporting activities particularly playing table tennis and jogging, and he is married to his virtuous and beautiful wife, Hajjia Idiat Abdulmajid Ali with promising children and grandchildren.