Why Hafiz Ringim Is Not A Good Choice As IGP

Concerned Nigerians

On the 8th of September 2010, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan surprised the whole nation and the security community, when he announced the sack of all service chiefs alongside the IGP and Director of SSS, and immediately replaced them with new ones.

The decision to change some of the service chiefs, particularly the Army Chief and the IGP was most welcome, as both of them had clearly demonstrated that they were not fit for the offices. The COAS for treasonable acts against the Nigerian constitution and the former IGP for clear incompetence and ineptitude. However, the choice of Mr Hafiz Ringim, a junior Officer in the hierarchy, as Acting IGP introduces a very grave and dangerous precedent into an already sick organization like the Police Force.

On the surface, it would appear has if all the nine people senior (DIGs Uba Ringim, Israel Ajao, Uzoma Declan, Haruna Ahmadu, Olusegun Efuntayo and Udo Ekpoudom plus AIGs Mrs Ivy Okoronkwo, Azubike Udah and Dawodu) to Mr Hafiz Ringim, are being punished alongside Mr Onovo for the failures of the Nigerian Police Force under Onovo’s leadership to deal effectively with any of the internal security challenges we have faced in the last one year, i.e. kidnapping and armed robbery, sectarian and religious killings, political murders, wanton abuse and extortion of commuters by police personnel on major highways and roads and in the last couple of weeks, disrespect for the judiciary. A critical and proper analysis of the police operations will reveal that none of these officers could be directly held responsible, as any IGP, whether competent or incompetent is like an Emperor over the Force, just like we find in all areas of public institutions in Nigeria. This writer has had the privilege of attending a briefing as a member of a specialized unit within the Force, to sit in a conference where the former IGP together with his “Management Team”, comprising the six DIGs and the Force Secretary met with a group of Foreign Security partners in the IG conference room. It is instructive to point out that for the whole three hours that the conference lasted, only the IG spoke on behalf of the Nigerian Police Force, not a single word or comment from any member of the “management team” was solicited or requested. We all sat through the briefing listening to our IG interacting with his visitors, at some point a couple of Officers on the Nigerian side were struggling to stay awake including the very senior officers. It is instructive to point out too, that Mr Onovo’s failure was predicted by people in the security community, but the warnings were not heeded by late President Yar-adua. In the days leading to Okiro’s retirement, many security commentators warned that Onovo, although first in line by seniority, wasn’t the best fit amongst the DIGs for the job, because he had competence gaps in field operations caused by lack of command experiences. His only stint was as CP Ogun for a very brief period, before he was posted to NDLEA as head. He returned after many years in 2001 to headquarters as an AIG, shortly after he was promoted DIG in 2002, and remained at HQ until he was made IG in August 2009. His operational deficiencies were further compounded by two major issues; one was his refusal to allow his more experienced DIGs have an active role under him. He was always afraid that they might outshine him and get noticed, secondly, he elevated Police contract to the fore of his agenda and gave it primary attention while crime fighting was secondary.

All the foregoing are necessary in order to expose the critical lack of thinking/analysis or perhaps debased parochialism displayed by the Presidency in appointing Hafiz Ringim as the new Acting IGP, thereby signing the death-warrant of an organization that has been on death-row for many years.

We have to consider also the white paper in the aftermath of work of the Police Reform Committee headed by Retired IGP M.D Yusuf and comprising sixteen other distinguished members of the security community. That committee, after many months of deliberations and spending tax payer’s money, made many recommendations. One of the major highlights of that report was the one on appointment of IGP which states that in the best interest of the Police Force, Society and Country, SENIORITY AND MERIT must be uppermost in choosing all future IGPs particularly where there is no case of established misdemeanors against any officer in contention.

Let us now subject the appointment of the new Acting IGP, Mr Hafiz Ringim to the scrutiny of this litmus test to see if it can pass as a Nation building decision.

FACTS OF THE MATTER:

•    Mr Hafiz Ringim was officially number ten (10) in the Police hierarchy at the time he was appointed Acting IGP, which means he jumped over nine (9) other officers in reaching his current post.

•    In the top ten list, he was the least qualified academically, as his highest Educational qualification is an Advance Diploma, while the nine officers before him have at least a University degree, a couple of them actually have Masters degree. He enrolled in the force as Cadet Inspector with a School Cert, while the nine Officers he jumped over each enrolled as Cadet ASP because of their University degrees.

•    Was he demonstrably better than all the Officers he jumped over? A very simple look at all the Officers and their previous postings and achievement in crime fighting will reveal the injustice in his appointment. His last posting, until his appointment as IGP was as AIG Zone 9 which comprises Abia, Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra State. The Zonal command was at Umuahia, Abia State. On the day he was appointed Acting IGP, banks in Aba, Abia State, had not operated for a week, due to the challenge of armed robbery. It was under his watch that four journalists were kidnapped in Abia State, till date, do we know the people who kidnapped the journalists?? Do we know where they were kept while in captivating? Oh I forgot, the journalist have being released, no wahala, life can go on. In more serious countries, Mr Hafiz Ringim will be accounting for his cluelessness and ineptitude in Zone 9, and not sitting in the comfort of the pent-office of Louis Edet House as IGP. By contrast, the nine Officers he jumped over didn’t have such glaring operational encumbrances; most of them had very measurable achievements in crime fighting in previous Command and Zonal postings.

•    Were his remaining service years longer than that of the nine individual Officers? The answer again is no, because he has only two years left in service, while all the people he jumped over have more years than himself. Infact, two of the now retired six DIGs each have five (5) years left in service, another two have between three and four left, while the AIGs ahead of him all had more time left in service.

What are the implications for the Police Force if his appointment is ratified?

It is the considered opinion of this writer that the decision if approved by the Police Council and the National Assembly has the potential to:

•    Effectively rob the Police Force of almost twenty (20) years of service, thereby greatly undermining the capacity of the Force to properly groom it’s next generation of Officers, as the six DIGs have between them that amount of time left, but they are being forced to retire voluntarily, so as not to suffer the indignity of saluting and reporting to their less qualified junior.

•    Undermine productivity, efficiency, commitment and dedication to service from henceforth, as it will soon become glaring to all the remaining Officers who are currently jubilating that there will be mass promotion, that there is no longer job security and guaranties for finishing careers even without any clear case of misdemeanor. Instead Officers reaching the end of their careers will concentrate more energy and Government time in growing their own private enterprise.

•    Fuel more corruption in the force, as Officers now have justification to abuse their commission in order to quickly accumulate resources for their retirement. Although it must be noted that corruption and the Police are like Siamese twins, this situation will take it a whole new level, and the Force might never recover again.

What can be done to mitigate this potential damages??

•    This writer believes that in the best interest of the Force, Society and Country, all men and women of goodwill with access to the President, should plead with him to reconsider the appointment again. Else historians will record this as another negative watershed in the life of the Nigerian Nation.

•    I believe also, that the time has come for us as a Nation to start looking at the workability of State or Regional Police as part of a truly restructured federation. This behemoth called the NPF is not working, changing the IGP and sacking all his immediate subordinates is too cosmetic.

Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
 

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ringim

the issue of university degree is a non-issue in the matter. mr. ringim may be totally unfit for the job for other good reasons. if he meritted all his promotions without degree, logically he is qaulified for the job, unless

Disapprove

Haruna,u are very bias with ur words..who brought religion or tribalism in..oh i wonder you'people'...do think without applying little sense..

strange happenings in nigeria.

strange happenings in nigeia. this write-up indicates some sort of callous disregard of merit and competence in the IGP palaver. it is a shame.

The writer of this should pls

The writer of this should pls go and join the armed forces or any para military service if he is truly a concerned Nigeria

RE HAFIZ RINGIM IGP

first amd fore most i will for the first time commend president goodluck for his foresite in apointing HAFIZ RINGIM AS IGP. ringim is a true cop that rose form the scratch of police work so he knows the nucks and cranies. he is the most experinced police officer amongst all the said 8 seniors of his that retired as a result of his appointment. he has worked in almost all the departments of police work including interpol, till date he command respect from intenational police organisations. and to the reporter, i wonder where you get your university degree from anyway i dont blame you now adays some students bribe there way to earn a degree may be you are one of such. and i believe is better to have a well deserved advance diploma like that of HAFIZ RINGIM's than to cheat at school for a degree. and to sahara reporters pls you need to do a massive screening of your employee's certificates please.
thank you

RIGIM AND JONATHAN

Why will Jonathan not appoint a man who was his boy while he was the Deputy Governor and later Governor of Bayelsa State to the highest position in the Nigeria Police Force?Hafiz Rigim clearly is a misfit for the position of the IGP.This is a man who could not effectively controll a zone now being entrusted with the command of the whole country.Haba!Jonathan.This is a clear indication that President Jonathan is also a misfit for the position of the President.Rigim's appointment also clearly show that there is something Mr president lacks:sincerity.He clearly is paying Rigim back for doing a good job for him while he was the Police Commissioner in Bayelsa.Rigim is a round peg in a square hole.Simple.

conflict

I wonder why sahara reporter are selfish to the extend of supporting one of the presidential aspirant while blackmailing other aspirants this is injustice, non of the aspirant is honest they are all corrupt and are not to be trusted all of them

LEAVE RELIGION AND ETHNICITY DEAL WITH THE FACTS

I am not aware that DIG Uba Ringim or Haruna Ahmadu is a southerner or a Christian. The tendency to relate every objective analysis to religious or ethnic bias is demeaning on the person making the assertion and smacks of inability to comment or counter an arguement logically. I believe that the President has his reasons. They may not be right or wrong. The Acting IGP may or may not be competent. We should outgrow the tendency religionize or ethnicize actions and comments in this country if we must move forward.

Mr Jonathan ladder

Mr Jonathan ladder: is a path that does not encourages any hard work but luck (good or whatever). So the way he is operating now is how he will misrule this country. I do not foresee any good coming from such practices where top most jobs go to the lowest of the staffers...this breeds a lot of professional lacklustre.

Ringim and Naija Factor

I guess if Ringim was Igbo/Yoruba or any tribe in the south and most importatntly a christian these concerned nigerians will not be so concerned. His only demerit is being a northerner and a muslim.

Jonathan and Ringim

Personally, I will not vote for Jonathan. He has shown that he hasn't the solution to the menace of kidnapping in the southeast. Since he became president, there has been no decline in this heinous crime. To make matters worse, he appointed a man who was a failure when he was A.I.G. of the zone notorious for kidnapping, as I.G.

HAFIZ RINGIM AND HIS APPOINTMENT

PLEASE LEAVE HAFIZ ALONE IS HE NOT A NIGERIAN.WHAT HAFIZ NEED IS YOUR PRAYER TO MOVE NIGERIA FORWARD.AFTER ALL WHO IS A SAINT IN NIGERIAN SETTING?

HAFIZ RINGIM AND HIS APPOINTMENT

PLEASE LEAVE HAFIZ ALONE IS HE NOT A NIGERIAN.WHAT HAFIZ NEED IS YOUR PRAYER TO MOVE NIGERIA FORWARD.AFTER ALL WHO IS A SAINT IN NIGERIAN SETTING?

its a disgrace that in the yr

its a disgrace that in the yr 2010, we still dont attach importance to educational qualifications, professionalism, merits and achievements when considering people for sensitive positions in nigeria....this is an AIG of police in charge of the most crime infested zone in nigeria,,,,can someone who couldnt police 3 states(imo,anambra,abia,), police 36 states in the country?
this is definitely the death and burial of the NPF...the white paper on police reforms says it all, it wasnt followed again for political reasons as the lives of nigerians become increasingly unsafe as the years roll by........nigeria is a failed state and i doubt if we can ever get it right again...all other service chiefs are graduates and doing well, the NPF has been set back again for because of politics and selfish interests.......rubbish

RE: Hafiz Ringim

Ringim might not be good, but I can assure you that his choice for the job of IGP is better than his two predicessors. I have heard him speak on television and to me I am impressed with his focus to creat positive changes in the police.
Mr. Ringim, do not be disturbed with what the ignorant Nigerians are saying about you, be rest assured that you are the best choice for that job and that you are better than Okiro and Onovo. Weldone

this is rubbish.

this is rubbish.

your articles have no base

Am so shocked about your articles, dont redicule a man whom God elevated, even if Ringim is a school cert holder,God has given him that position,what is your own or are you saying that our president who took that decission does'nt know what his is doing, you forgot that the police boss has years of experience,i think you are part of Nigeria's problems,writng rubbish all the time, you, rubbish writer should please allow President Goodluck and the police boss to concentrate, stop distractng them,whoever have rented you to put up this article in other for the latest police boss to be change, your plans will not work, sorry.Let us give Ringim a chance, he can take police to another level, you never can tell.

It Is All About Election

Nigerians should wise up, the change in Nigeria Police hierarchy has nothing to do competence, but everything to do with upcoming 2011 elections. IGP Onovo did not allow PDP to rig Anambra gubernatorial election, and therefore, Onovo must not be allowed to stand in their way. Onovo must go to enable people in power have their way. WISE UP NIGERIA!!

IGNORANCE IS DEADLIER THAN POISON!

The writer of the article is very ignorant about Police and Police operation. The Guardian, 9/9/2010, the flagship of Nigerian media said of Ringim as one whose operational capabilities is not in doubt! Maybe, this writer wanted GEJ to retain the lack lustre and lethargic OO! We should learn to argue with facts and logic. Enough of throwing personal feelings into national discourse!

This article is Ridiculous

Majority of your comments are baseless.

1) As other people on this board have pointed out, education has nothing to do with quality of service. What is the level of education of policemen in the USA? Majority are high school graduates maximum!

2)Point of correction also, DIG Declan Uzoma was scheduled to retire this Dec. DIG Ringim in a yr or two. How effective can someone be in such a time period?

I didn't bother reading the rest of the article....so these are the only 2 points i hv to contribute.

HABA ! OBIANEFO THAT WAS HILARIOUS

Obianefo my Brther you made me "laff soo tee i wanted to fall from my chiar" how for Gods sake do you want the Government to advertize for the seat of the for people out side the poilce to come and become IG how dose that sound to you ? i am not saying that we do not have capable Nigerians but what i am saying is Police job is not some thing you just plung into and just start working not the Boys Scout will never allow that do you know what it takes to become a Police Constable ? first you go for 6 months trining when you finish you become a 3rd class constable on probation for good 4 years after this 4 years you re-apply for reengagement for another 3 years to cut the long story short it takes you more then 5 years to become a real Police Constable and you are proposing the IG to come from out side it can happen in other places but not the police belive it or not as bad as you think we are we are still professionals take it or not a police man can do the job of other people but you cant do the job of the police evan if i leave you at a traffic point you can stop and pass cars but when there is an accident you will run and call the Police becurse you will not know what to do first if an IG is Appinted from out side the force i can assure you that the only thing he will understand is his letter of appointment the next document he will encunter is a police wireless signal he cant read or decipher it and that may evan be the one congratlating him from one poilceman when you present to him a good opration order he will run so forget that

Look you can be more

Look you can be more qualified but no respect for the nation or the elders. I advise those senior police officers should reign forthwith because they may be amoung those that have been over corrupted and planned evil with the evil genue come 2011. Not that Onnov did not perform, but he has to be change for another credible person that should not draw us back please and not that is not loyal to PDP is the matter. Try to be supporting the FG at all times. It is turn by turn.

The writer has no name, If

The writer has no name, If not that God bless us with Joe and Yaradua, how many past head of Nigeria states had university degree? I have to advise that subsequent write-up carry names and address. Secondly, let us be trying to be accomodating FG plans and approvals. Danbazau fmr Army chief had unversity degree either bought or Genue yet messed up. If GEJ fills that he can perform let us leave him. Police work surpose to be performed by people with honesty but if you are too honest and shun bribe the criminals also can kill the person. As for me I wanted a Delta Police officer to be appointed an IG. When? Thanks from

Mr Merry Chuckwu
Apapa - Lagos
Nigeria

@Magayaki

Thank God if one Policeman can come out and honestly say that he has never received a bribe or any immoral inducement in his sixteen year career in the Nigerian Police. What that shows is that there are still some elements in the Police that can have a conscience.

I however, challenge you to come out and boast the same way about the rest of your colleagues. What is the percentage of Men/Officers (of at least 5 years service) in the Police that can say this same thing under Oath? Would you say we can get 10%? I bet most Nigerians would disbelieve your assertions If you go as high as that.

The fact that you graduated from a University does not automatically make you a brilliant policeman, nor does the fact that you have been in the Force for 200 years. The main thing that we need as a Country today is an IG who is honest, clued up and willing to put in all that is required to purge the force of its bad eggs.

You talked of high morale in Balogun's tenure. That statement of yours shocked me no end. The morale may have been high in the Police, but the Country was plunged into an abyss as a result of his leadership. High morale within a service organisation is completely useless if it does not lead to increased productivity and that was something we didn't get from Balogun's Police or anyone of these political IGs before or after him. Your men on the streets and at checkpoints told us they were collecting bribes because life was unbearable, yet you said morale was high. Someone is definitely not telling us the truth.

The IG should not be appointed because the President is happy with him, but rather because the President knows that he is the man/woman that can address the security needs of the Country at that point in time. Again, this is the reason that the appointment should have a measure of competence in its criteria. An incompetent IG who is the President’s beloved is no good to the Country, because he then becomes a lackey of the President who pursues the president's interest over and above the interest of Nigeria. Nigeria’s experience during Yar’Adua’s illness gave us a taste of this.

The number of years you have spent in the force has given you a lot of insight into how the system works, I am sure. The disadvantage of that is that you may not be able to see things the way we see it from outside anymore. Perception makes a lot of difference to your image and acceptance by the public, and this should be one of the criteria for assessing you as an organisation. You surely do see what your men are up to at checkpoints and in the charge rooms. How can you come out in defenced of this sort of system?

I believe you agree with most Nigerians that the current system is just not working. A country that has a corrupt police force as we have can NEVER develop, even with all the wealth in the world. The problem we have, though, is that our Oil is going to finish one day, and if we fail to develop while we have money, it will 1000 times more difficult to now expect to develop once the Oil is dry.

Please try and communicate the need for professionalism to your colleagues in the force. In my opinion, you are the single most important Organisation that can help Nigeria get out of her current suicide mission. If the Police Force will change and become professional, the rest of the development indices will follow quite rapidly.

God Bless Nigeria

The Nigerian Police Force

Perhaps this is very necessaryto by pass the DIGs as a way of sanitizing the Nig. Police Force since you have obviously admited in your article that the nine officers are inept,bench warmers,who are justdumbs whenever there is a meeting with their IGs. So of what use will they be any longer??? they are used to the same manner of say nothing, see nothing, attitude and yet they are paid by the Nation for exhibiting imbecillity. So then what is the need for Masters Degree and all if they are unable to make useful and intellectual discussions wheneever they are at meetings with their IG's. Even the FEC is not run like that. Thaanks you for your disclosure in this article, as you have clearly justified to me that those DIGs should be prosecuted after dismissal from office for wasting public resources and sleeping on duty, now I understand why crime increased tremendously under their tenure.....only onovo was wide awake and he wasn't getting the required help from his sleeping collegues.....thank God they all left together.......lets hope Ringim will not sleeep while his own DIGs talk or vice versa...lol!!!!

TOO Bad!

Are we sure that this is not another case of mistaken identity or the Bamaiyi brothers' tango in the Army? I mean perhaps the appointment was for his more qualified 'cousin' Uba Ringim. Its not too late to rectify now!

Is a pity that every one just

Is a pity that every one just gose behaind his computer and start writing most of the time fiment of imagination is what we write without the intrest of our dear nation at heart first of all when our colonial masters were going they gave the leadership of the police to Mr Edet who was the first indigenos IGP how many university degrees did he have ? if he was not capable do you think he will be appointed ? over the coming years we have produced wondrful IGPs like Kamsalem, Sunday Adeusi,M D Yusuf and Ibrahim Coomassie between all this IGPs how many of them have university degrees ? but they took the poice places better that then the so called educated ones moral of the police was at its peak during the time of Tafa Balogun becurse he made sure promotion was moving and policemen were paid on time but unfortunatly he got carried away by the spoils of office personally my university degree only helped me in the Police Academy in Wudil Kano to read and pass my monthly exam but the real police job i was inparted into me at the police station level in the hands of experieced desk NCOs and that made me a dam good cop i recived a recomendation by the united nations during my mission in liberia the appointment of the IGP is an oprational one Mr President should be left to choose who he feels conftable working week as such we should respect his feelings and support him to move the country forward if any body has any issues with the chioce of the President there are ways of expesing your self not to rain insults on the internet

HOLD YOUR FIRE !

Is a pity that every one just gose behaind his computer and start writing most of the time fiment of imagination is what we write without the intrest of our dear nation at heart first of all when our colonial masters were going they gave the leadership of the police to Mr Edet who was the first indigenos IGP how many university degrees did he have ? if he was not capable do you think he will be appointed ? over the coming years we have produced wondrful IGPs like Kamsalem, Sunday Adeusi,M D Yusuf and Ibrahim Coomassie between all this IGPs how many of them have university degrees ? but they took the poice places better that then the so called educated ones moral of the police was at its peak during the time of Tafa Balogun becurse he made sure promotion was moving and policemen were paid on time but unfortunatly he got carried away by the spoils of office personally my university degree only helped me in the Police Academy in Wudil Kano to read and pass my monthly exam but the real police job i was inparted into me at the police station level in the hands of experieced desk NCOs and that made me a dam good cop i recived a recomendation by the united nations during my mission in liberia the appointment of the IGP is an oprational one Mr President should be left to choose who he feels conftable working week as such we should respect his feelings and support him to move the country forward if any body has any issues with the chioce of the President there are ways of expesing your self not to rain insults on the internet

HOLD YOUR FIRE !

It is very sad that people just wake up in the morning concive an idea and use that idea in distruction with out thinking of the result thier action i suggest that we should think befor we go behaind our computres to attack people remeber this people have families friends and kids who will read this and the fact is you are upsetting people with fasehood first of all go to the constitution and read the Police act and regulation and tell me the section that disqulifies Mr Hifiz Ringim from becoming the IGP having said that i want you to go back to history reel out the best IGPs we ever had and tell me the strings of university degrees they have Sunday Adeusi, Kam Salem, M.D Yusuf Ibrahim Coomasie how many of them had degrees but you know what they made the best IGS we ever had leave police opratioonal issues to Police i was thinking like most of you but when i joined the police i found out that is not what you are thinking in the universiry you depend on old professors and doctors to resovle issues but to my suprise the best policemen are not the once with dedrees but the once with expirence and oprationaly exposed i joined the Force with a degree but it will suprise you that i was never callenged in the university the way i was in the Police Academy in Wudil Kano i wrote an exam every month and combined it with field activites when i was comissioned and posted an old Sargent who was a class 7 holder was my teacher of how to perform counter duties and today i am on damm good cop take it or leave it do not jugde a book by its cover the seat of the IG is oprational leave it for us the shoe is on our leg so is only us that know it it will suprise you that with all the noice people are making on Tafa Balogun moral under his administration was at its peak becurse he promoted the policemen the way no IG has done if not for his curruption issues his name would have been written in gold in the anals of the history of the force and it will suprise and it will intrest the person calling himsef or herself Adeboyomi above that in my 16 years in the servive of the police i have never collcted of solocited for a bribe i will make my self known to you and if is proved otherwise i am ready to drop my uniform apologise to Nigerians and go to prison that i promis to do it dose not make sence to leave an oil company were i was collecting 220,000 a month join the police becurse of the love i have for the job and start collecting bribe it simply dose not make sence and i am not the only one so think befor you write and leave police oprational duties alone you can dwell on the political part that is yours

It's mind boggling when

It's mind boggling when individuals make comments like this.promoting that GEJ came from obscurity to prominence and is lacking in standards can come only from an unbalanced mind lacking understanding which is rather sad and disturbing.
This writer's analysis was beautiful and instead of doing in-depth analysis of the issue and possible solution,you choose instead to castigate, better have a re-think if you sincerely have the good of the nation at heart!

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