Nigeria`s police chief resigns

Assistant Inspector General MD Abubakar has been appointed as the new Inspector General of the Nigerian Police.

Updated: Jan 26, 2012, 00:09 AM IST

Abuja: Nigeria`s embattled police chief
Haifiz Ringim resigned on Wednesday, days after coordinated terror
attacks in northern city of Kano killed 185 people, including
an Indian.

Assistant Inspector General MD Abubakar has been
appointed as the new Inspector General of the Nigerian Police.

Radical Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed the
responsibility for the attacks on Friday.

Ringim, who was scheduled to retire in March this year,
was asked to proceed on retirement leave, preparatory to his
final pull out from the law enforcement agency.

There had been speculations that Ringim may be forced to
quit early following the escape of Kabiru Sokoto, a Boko Haram
leader, from the custody of the Police last week.

Meanwhile, bodies of victims who lost their lives in the
coordinated terror attacks were given mass burial yesterday at
the village of Kalebawa on the outskirts of Kano city.

Identified bodies were given to the bereaved families
while those unidentified were conveyed from Murtala Mohammed
Specialist Hospital mortuary to the burial site.

Sources at Murtala Mohammed Hospital told PTI that over
50 bodies were carried in two vehicles for burial after the
traditional ruler of Kano Emir Ado Bayero had led other emirs
on a sympathy visit to the hospital.

Earlier, the police gave a breakdown of death toll saying
150 civilians, 29 officers of the police, three members of the
country`s secret State Security Service, two officers of the
immigrations` service and a customs officer were killed.

PTI