The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, has expressed his strong desire to work towards making Nigeria a crime-free nation.
Speaking with State House correspondents after being decorated by Vice President Kashim Shettima at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday, Egbetokun pledged his preparedness to do his duties to the country as top Police chief, saying he felt like a tiger, ready to chase all criminals out of the country.
“Now I have just been decorated and I’m looking forward to taking over tomorrow morning by 11am.
“I really can’t describe how I feel currently, but if I have to tell you anything, I will tell you that right now, I feel like a tiger inside of me, ready to chase away all the criminals in Nigeria.
“And some other times, I feel like a lion in me, ready to devour all the internal enemies of Nigeria. That’s my feeling right now,” he said.
Also speaking, former Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba, who appeared in mufti, expressed confidence in his successor, saying he would carry on from where he is stopping.
According to him: “It’s a stage; you come, you work and you go. I’m happy I’m handing over to somebody I know, that will carry the mantle of leadership from where I have stopped.
“We grew up in the job, we grew up together. I was his boss at a time, not even when I was IG, he worked under me twice, we’ve been working together and I know how he can go ahead to champion the cause of the police from where I have stopped,” Baba said.
Vice President Shettima had earlier on decorated Egbetokun, as the Acting IGP, at the Conference hall of his office at the State House, Abuja.
The event was witnessed by senior government officials, including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator George Akume; Imo State governor, who is also the Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Senator Hope Uzodinma.
Others are the Chief of Staff to the President, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.