Profile of the new Inspector-General of Police and Service Chiefs

Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 9, Umuahia, Afiz Ringim, the new Inspector-General of Police, who was posted to the zone on August, 28, 2009, was at one time Commissioner of Police, Adamawa State. He was the Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa State, when former governor DSP Alamieyesiegha was removed through an impeachment process following allegations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of corruption.

Afiz Ringim was also one time Commissioner of Police in charge of Border Patrol.
When Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan became governor in Alamieyesiegha’s absence, Afiz Ringim continued as Police Commissioner until his promotion to the rank of AIG after which he got posted to higher responsibility.

AIG Ringim, who hails from Ringim town in Jigawa State, was born April 1, 1953. He enlisted into the force on July 30, 1977 and his date of retirements as contained in Police records, reads March 1, 2012.

New Service Chiefs

Air Marshal Petinrin
The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin, who hails from Osun State, was the immediate past Chief of Air Staff. He was appointed CAS by former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

He is credited with the organisation of the first indigenous Air Expo in the whole of West Africa. Aside the Air Expo, Petirin has made sure that rehabilitation of NAF equipment, including aircraft, were carried out in the country.

He takes over from Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike.

Major-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika
The new Chief of Army Staff is presently the Chief of Logistics at the Defence headquarters. He was one time General Officer Commanding, 81 Division of the Nigeria Army, Lagos. He was also the Director of Engineering at Defence Headquarters.

He takes over from Lt.-General Abdurahman Bello Dambazau.

Rear Admiral Ola Ibrahim
The new Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ola Saad Ibrahim, who hails from Kwara State, was the immediate Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command.

A Course 17 intake of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Rear Admiral Ibrahim who was promoted in 2006, was also at one time the Flag officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command and Chief of Administration at Naval Headquarters.

He takes over from Vice Admiral Ishaya Iko Ibrahim.

Air Marshal Mohammed Umar
The new Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Umar, was the immediate Air Officer Commanding Training Command, TC, Kaduna.

He was at one time, Director of Operations at NAF headquarters. The Air Force officer is credited with flying over 700 hours.
He takes over from Air Marshal Petinrin.


Kingsley Omonobi, VANGUARD