January 25th, 2012
12:08 PM ET

Nigeria's inspector general of police fired amid spate of attacks

The inspector general of police in Nigeria, Hafiz Abubakar Ringim, has been fired, aides to the Nigerian president said Wednesday.

His firing comes amid a wave of violence linked to the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The violence includes Friday's bombings and shootings that left more than 200 people dead in Kano, Nigeria's second-largest city.

The group has been blamed for months of widespread bloodshed, with churches and police stations among the targets. Depending on the faction, Boko Haram's ambitions range from the stricter enforcement of their interpretation of Islamic Sharia law to the total destruction of the government.

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  1. Serena

    Religion and Government will get you killed in the future near Armageddon.

    January 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • 28mAmerican

      Sadly, they have just chosen to divide and get blown to bits.

      January 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. anyalebechi theodore.

    I fell that this is a nice step. In fighting this wicked boko haram people.. God help us in nigeria.

    January 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chibaby daggash

    Yes,this is the first step in curbing corruption. This will serve as a detorrent to those at the top who are the sponsers of this carnivorous people tagged boko haram.God help us in Nigeria

    January 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. otor ogi

    in the face of deaths and civil unrest, the man in charge should be blame this is a nice step

    January 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. patience

    Is the right step forward! Very interesting

    January 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Morumda mbula

    Let's hope that this will bring improvement in the Nigerian security situation

    January 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Oluwabukola

    This will serve as a lesson to those who
    Think that they can do as it pleases
    Them.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO ©

    I'm sure a sane person wouldn't want that job anyway.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nice old lady

    It is so sad to see this happen. It is beautiful there. My husband and I went there on our honeymoon 50 years ago. We got wet from the spray as we stood on the deck of the boat under the falls. Then we had a nice breakfast with maple syrup.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Serena

    Nigeria gets hit from all sides.
    @ nice old lady, sounds romantic. 🙂

    January 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. aliyu hassan

    I don't think his fried is best step of fight the sect cal boko haram,b'cos he has to produce the escape sect member before he resign.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Screw Africa

    As long as we get Africa's diamonds and oil, Africa can kiss our ass. If tyou freaking African's try to squeeze-back even one gallon of our oil, we'lll kick your ass again. Now get back in line and shut the hell up.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. orunsolv

    Former IG,Ringim should be ashamed of himself. The souls of the dead have started troubling him since he refused to do the needful. Its a pity he has to end lucrative job/position just like that barely 2months to retire. What a waste

    January 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Serena

    @ Screw Africa, Sarcasm IS intended I hope? I am sympathetic to the Africans plight but what are we do to as Americans to right our Governments wrongs?

    January 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hecate

    Screw Africa: Screw YOU!

    January 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
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