by Adebola Rayo
M.D Abubakar was born on May 5, 1958 in Gusau, Zamfara State. With a Diploma in Public Admin/Criminal Justice, he enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force on 30 July, 1979.
In the course of his career, Abubakar served as the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Kano and Plateau States. He became the Assistant Inspector General in charge of Zone 12, Bauchi on November 15, 2011 and remained in that position until he was appointed the acting Inspector General of Police on January 25, 2011. He is due to retire on July 30, 2014.
However, his career has been riddled by some controversy. He was indicted over the Jos crisis of 2001 in which thousands of residents of the Plateau State capital lost their lives and lots of property was destroyed.
Joshua Dariye, then governor of Plateau State set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice Niki Tobi, to look into the immediate and remote cause of the September 2001 crisis between Muslims and Christians in the state.
M.D Abubakar was, at that time, the commissioner of police in the state. He would, however be indicted by the commission. Besides admitting to having fore-knowledge of an impending crisis but failing to take action, majority of those who testified before the commission also accused Abubakar of complicity and taking sides with the Muslims during the crisis. He was said to have provided protection for the mosques but not the churches.
The commission concluded that had Alhaji M.D. Abubakar performed his duties well, he would not have, prior to the crisis, given the government a false sense of security that turned out to be fatal.
Based on that, the commission recommended that: “for his ignoble role during the September, 2001 crisis which resulted in the loss of thousands of lives, among other losses, the former Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command, Alhaji M.D. Abubakar, be advised to retire from the Nigeria Police Force, and in the event of his refusal to do so, he should be dismissed from the service. The Government should forward this recommendation to the Police Service Commission for consideration and necessary action.”
The state government accepted the commission’s recommendation regarding Abubakar, however, he was not dismissed from the police force.
Abubakar has also been accused of sponsoring militants group in Bauchi and Plateau state.