Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, CFR, who was born on 5 May 1960, was a Nigerian policeman and former Inspector General of Police (IGP). He was appointed in 2012 to succeed Hafiz Ringim and was succeeded by Suleiman Abba in 2014. He is currently the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin. Ex-IGP Abubakar, is also the President of the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI). He was the 16th Inspector General of Police.

Early life and Educational Background:

MD, as he is popularly known was born in Gusau, a city of then Sokoto State, which is also the capital of today’s Zamfara State. The firstborn of a family of many, his father is a renowned Islamic cleric and farmer. He began his educational pursuit from Gusau township Primary School, and became a graduate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), together with the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS). From 1991 to 1993, he read for and obtained an Advanced Diploma in Public Administration from Sokoto State Polytechnic, Sokoto. He then pursued and obtained a Diploma in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Lagos, Lagos, from 1995 to 1997. While on that course, he also obtained a Diploma in Disaster Management and Control from Israel in 1996. Ex-IGP MD Abubakar is married to Zarah Bunu Abubakar, and has as children: Jamil Mohammed Abubakar, Abdulrasheed MD Abubakar, and Nafisat MD Abubakar.

Police Career:

MD Abubakar joined the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, as a Cadet Inspector on August 1, 1979. An indigene of Zamfara State, he meritoriously served the Force and his country in many capacities. Some of the important positions he held in the Force before becoming the IGP in 2012 include; Assistant Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigations Department, Sokoto Police Command; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Federal Operations, Force Head Quarters, Lagos; and, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Airport Police Command, Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. 

He was a principled and operations-minded officer with a deep understanding of modern policing strategies and ethics. A committed crime-fighter with keen eyes for details, he had also served as Deputy Commissioner of Police (Administration), Lagos State Police Command. Ex-IGP Muhammed Dikko Abubakar, on his elevation to the position of Commissioner of Police, served as a substantive Commissioner of Police in charge of several Police Commands across the Federation. Some of these are Plateau, Abia, Kwara, Kano, Airport, and Lagos State Police Commands. 

An amiable and intelligent officer, he was later promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police and he subsequently became the Assistant Inspector General of Police in- charge of Zone 2 comprising Lagos and Ogun States. He was also the AIG Zone 5, Benin comprising of Edo, Delta, and Bayelsa states. He was later posted to Zone 6 comprising Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, and Ebonyi states. 

He underwent several professional training locally and internationally as a Police officer. Some of which include: Intermediate Command Course –Jos; Senior Command Course – Jos; General Security Course – Israel; International Security – England; General Detective Course – Scotland Yard; General Detective and Security Course with the Metropolitan Police, West Hendon, England (1982); Police Mobile Training in Malaysia (1983), Police Mobile Training at Gwoza, Borno State, Nigeria (1983), General Security and Intelligence Course at the Police Academy, Cairo, Egypt (1986), Basic Intelligence Course at Military Intelligence School, Badagry, Nigeria (1987); General Security and Anti-Terrorism Course with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in the United States (1988-89); and the International Security Course 9 at the University of Surrey, England (1991). He was once an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Economics (FCE) and a holder of the prestigious Police Medal (NPM).

He also attended the Intermediate Command Course at the Police Staff College, Jos, Nigeria (1991); Senior Command Course at the Police Staff College, Jos, Nigeria (1995); General Security and Intelligence Course with the Israel Defence Force, Israel (1996); Disaster Management Course at Haifa, Israel (1996); Senior Executive Course (SEC) 27 at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), in Kuru, near Jos, Nigeria (2005).

Appointments as Police Officer:

While in the Nigeria Police Force, Abubakar held several appointments and positions. He was Assistant Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Sokoto Police Command (1991 – 1993); Assistant Commissioner of Police, Federal Operations, Force Headquarters, Lagos (1993); Assistant Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mohammed International Airport Police Command (1993-1995); Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Airport Police Command, Lagos (1995-1998) and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Administration (and second in Command), Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja (1998-2000).

Abubakar has held command as Commissioner of Police in Plateau, Abia, Kwara, Kano and Lagos States. He was also Commissioner of Police, Airport Police Command, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos. In 2008, he was promoted Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) and posted to Zone 2 Command Headquarters, Lagos, comprising Lagos and Ogun States. He was also AIG Zone 5, Benin, comprising Edo, Delta and Bayelsa States. He was later posted to Zone 6, comprising Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, and Ebonyi States. Abubakar, while a Police Commissioner in Lagos, was in the habit of paying surprise visits to Commands and Divisional Headquarters at very odd hours. He was also noted for patrolling the city at nights in unofficial vehicles. Sometimes, he disguised himself to be able to catch his men in the act.

Membership of Professional Bodies/Awards:

Abubakar was once a member of several professional bodies. These include the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), member International Association of Black Police Officers, Fellow of the International Institute of Professional Security (FIIPS), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Economics (FCE), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Local Government and Public Administration of Nigeria (FCIPA), Fellow of the Safety Management Institute (FSMI) and Life Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Industrial Security (LFNIS). Through his years of service in the Police, Abubakar has received several commendations and awards. In 2007, he was decorated with the Nigeria Police Medal (NPM). His most transparent achievement was the introduction of a new “camouflage” uniform similar to that used by the military, for the police. His awards include Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFR), NPM, and mni

References:

–Nigerian Police Force websites

–Books and articles on ex-IGP MD Abubakar

–Wikipedia

–Former IGP MD Abubakar’s social media handles