Kam Selem

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Kam Salem
2nd Inspector General of Police
In office
Preceded byLouis Edet
Succeeded byMuhammadu Dikko Yusufu
Personal details
OccupationPolice Officer

Kam Selem is a Nigerian former police officer and the second Inspector General of Nigerian Police, a post he held from 1966 to 1975 during the military rule of General Yakubu Gowon.[1]

At the time of the January 1966 coup led by Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, Dikko Yusufu was acting Inspector General since the I.G. Louis Edet was on leave at the time, and he had to deal with the crisis when the Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and others were found murdered.[2]

By the 1970s, press criticism of corruption in the Gowon regime was mounting. Selem spoke against a press "campaign against the federal government, putting pressure on it to institute an inquiry into the conduct of certain public functionaries." He said, "The government will not allow itself to be stampeded into taking actions in any matter of public interest."[3]


  1. ^ Nowa Omoigui. "Military Rebellion of July 29, 1975: The coup against Gowon - Part 6". Dawodu. Retrieved 2009-11-25.
  2. ^ Musa Umar Kazaure (March 20, 2004). "I could have save Tafawa Balewa's life - Babankowa". Weekly Trust. Retrieved 2009-11-25.
  3. ^ Ndaeyo Uko (2004). Romancing the gun: the press as promoter of military rule. Africa World Press. p. 82. ISBN 1-59221-189-5.