Nigeria Names Former Police Chief to Head Overhaul of Force

Nigeria named Parry Osayande, a former police chief, as head of a committee to reorganize the country’s police force, three weeks after appointing a new inspector-general.

The nine-member committee is tasked with improving efficiency and effectiveness and will “primarily redress the rot in the Nigeria Police Force and reposition it to face the challenges of a democratic society,” Vice President Namadi Sambo said today in an e-mailed statement from Abuja, the capital.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Jan. 25 appointed Mohammed Abubakar as the acting police boss, firing Hafiz Ringim a week after Kabiru Umar, who is suspected of masterminding the Christmas Day bombing of a church near Abuja that killed 43 people, escaped from police custody. Sokoto was re-arrested on Feb. 10 in the northeastern Taraba state.

Authorities in Africa’s top oil producer blame Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is a sin,” for a series of attacks targeting government buildings, security forces and churches in the mainly Muslim north and Abuja in the past year.

The group claimed responsibility for bomb and gun attacks on the northern city of Kano on Jan. 21 which police said killed 184 people. Civil Rights Congress, a rights group that participated in the rescue of victims, said 256 people died.

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