Ibrahim Lame

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Ibrahim Yakubu Lame
In office
Minister of Police Affairs
Assumed office
17 Dec 2008
Personal details
Born 10 February 1953
Bauchi State, Nigeria

Dr. Ibrahim Yakubu Lame (born 10 February 1953) is a Nigerian educator and politician, who was elected as senator in 1992 during the Third Republic, appointed Senior Special Assistant to President Olusegun Obasanjo in August 1999, and appointed Minister of Police Affairs by President Umaru Yar'Adua in December 2008.[1]


Ibrahim Yakubu Lame was born on February 10, 1953 in Bauchi State. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained a B.Sc Political Science, then attended Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, United States where he earned a Ph.D. Higher Education Administration. He was appointed Assistant Registrar of Bauchi College of Arts and Science, Bauchi State, in 1978. He became the college’s principal in 1984. From 1985 to 1987 he was Commissioner for Education. In 1992 he was elected Senator. From 1998 to 1999 he was the People's Democratic Party (PDP) deputy national secretary.[1]

In August 1999 he was appointed Senior Special Assistant to President Olusegun Obasanjo, advising on Narcotics and Financial Crime. In 2002 he was Director General of the Peoples Democratic Institute, and was seen as a possible PDP candidate for governor of Bauchi State in the April 2003 elections.[2]

Minister of Police Affairs[edit]

On 17 December 2008, President Umaru Yar'Adua appointed him Minister of Police Affairs.[3] Soon after taking office, he noted that there were major problems with the police force. Detention cells and barracks were in bad shape, there was a severe lack of vehicles and community relations needed improvement.[4] In November 2009 he responded to allegations that N3.5 billion released for crime prevention and control in seven cities had gone astray, saying the money was intact but there had been delays in awarding the projects.[5]


  1. ^ a b MOSHOOD ADEBAYO (November 19, 2008). "Those who will be ministers". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  2. ^ "PDP Guber Aspirants Battle for Tickets". Daily Sun. 2002-12-01. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  3. ^ Anza Philips, Abuja Bureau (24 December 2008). "The Coming of New Helmsmen". Newswatch. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  4. ^ Festus Owete (December 24, 2009). "Committee recommends N50,000 minimum pay for police". 234Next. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  5. ^ KINGSLEY OMONOBI (Nov 15, 2009). "N3.5bn crime control money not missing, says minister". Vanguard. Retrieved 2009-12-26.