Late IGP Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomasie, GCON, NPM, mni Rtd was born 18th of March, 1942, in Katsina, Katsina State, Nigeria.
He attended General Elementary School, Katsina from 1950 to 1952, Middle School, Katsina between 1953 and 1954, Middle School, Zaria from 1954 to1956, Provincial Secondary School, Zaria between 1956 and 1961, Barewa College, Zaria from 1962 to 1963. He also attended Imo State University, Owerri while in the Force.
He obtained West African School Certificate (WASC), High School Certificate (HSC), Diploma in Police Administration, LLB (Hons) in Imo State University, Member of the National Institute (mni), and Postgraduate Certificate in Policy and Strategic Studies.
Late IGP Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie Rtd was appointed into the Nigeria Police Force on 11th May 1964 as a Cadet Sub – Inspector and was trained at Police College Ikeja, Lagos.
He was on 11th May 1964 appointed Cadet Inspector and was on 01/07/1968 promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and confirmed on 01/07/1970. He was promoted to the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) on 07/07/1972 and promoted to the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP) on 01/01/1974 and Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) on 01/04/1976.
On 01/11/1976, he was appointed Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (Ag. ACP) and promoted on 01/09/1979 to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP). He was an Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police (Ag. DCP) from 15/07/1981 to 01/06/1981 when he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP). He was on 24/06/1983, appointed Acting Commissioner of Police (CP) and on 01/01/1984 promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police (CP).
He was promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIGP) on 29/12/1989. He was on 01/12/1991 appointed Acting Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Ag. DIGP) and 01/07/1992 promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIGP).
He was named the 9th Indigenous Inspector-General of Police, the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 26/08/1993.
Late IGP Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie Rtd was a Lecturer at Federal Training Centre, from January to May 1964 in Kaduna, Nigeria. He was an investigator in a Provincial Crime Division, Jos, Nigeria. He was moved to Administration and Investigation branches in a Special Area – Minefield Division, Jos, Nigeria. He was also in charge of Administration and Investigation of Personal Firearms Licence, Jos, Nigeria. He was a Detective in the Northern Regional Criminal Investigation Department in Kaduna, Nigeria. He worked in Administration, Northern Regional Headquarters, Kaduna, Nigeria. He was at the Administration – Provincial Police Command, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria. He was a Staff Officer, North Central State Police Headquarters, Kaduna, Nigeria, Staff Officer, Rank and File, Nigeria Police Force Headquarters (FHQ), Lagos, Nigeria. Staff Officer, Inspectorate, Nigeria Police Force Headquarters (FHQ), Lagos, Nigeria, Staff Officer, Senior Officers, Nigeria Police Force Headquarters (FHQ), Lagos.
He became the Officer In charge Ports Authority Police, Apapa, Lagos Quays, Nigeria, Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Kano, Nigeria, Administration Officer, Kaduna State Police Command, Kaduna, Nigeria, Deputy Commissioner of Police, in charge New Federal Capital City Abuja, Nigeria, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Nigeria Police Force Headquarters (FHQ), Lagos, Nigeria.
He was the Commissioner of Police, Administration, Nigeria Police Force Headquarters (FHQ), Lagos, Commissioner of Police, Sokoto State Police Command, Commissioner of Police, Kano State Police Command, Deputy Commandant, Police Staff College, Jos, and Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Police Command.
He became the Force Secretary, Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, Nigeria and Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Operations) National Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, Nigeria.
He was appointed and promoted to the exalted rank of the Inspector-General of Police, the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 1st August 1993.
Late IGP (Rtd) Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie in 1967 attended Detective Course at the Wakefield United Kingdom, General Overseas Course at the International Police Academy, Washington DC, USA in 1973, Military Intelligence Course at Fort Brag, Military Institute, North Carolina, USA also in 1973, Security Investigation Course at Inter-Service Training School, Washington DC, USA in 1973.
He was on Special Course in Police Methods and Instructorship at the Metropolitan Police Training School, London U.K in 1976, Senior Command Course (SCC), Police Staff College Jos, Nigeria (1980). He also attended Interpol Training Seminar for Investigation of Computer Crime at Interpol St, Cloud France in 1981 and was at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru Nigeria in 1991.
Late IGP Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie Rtd Nigeria Police Medal for Meritorious Service – NPM (1990), National Service Medal – NSM (1977), Republic Medal – RM (1977), Long Service Medal – LSM (1976), General Service Medal – GSM (1977), Member, National Institute – mni (1991), Silver Jubilee Anniversary – (1986), Selected Man of the year by the Sokoto State of Nigeria as Command Commissioner of Police for fighting Crime and Economic Sabotage and Grand Commander of the Order of Niger – (GCON).
Late IGP Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie Rtd was a Member and Secretary, Police panel on the reorganization of Motor Traffic Division in Nigeria (1970), Member, Federal Government of Nigeria Panel on the Review of Sea Ports in the Country (1976), Member of the Federal Government of Nigeria Investigation Panel on Corruption in the Operation of Nigerian Sea Ports involving Foreign Shipping Agencies (1977), Member, Sokoto, Kano and Kwara States of Nigeria Executives Councils, Member, Sokoto, Kano and Kwara States of Nigeria Security Councils, Chairman Kano State of Nigeria Panel on the Rationalization of Government Parastatals – (1986), Chairman, Kwara State of Nigeria Implementation Committee on the Civil Service Reforms in the Country 1988-89), Member Provisional Ruling Council (PRC) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1993-1999), Member, National Security Council of Nigeria (1993-1999).
Among the Seminars and Conferences Late IGP Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie Rtd attended are Interpol Conference on Crime in the Wharf and Dock areas at St. Claude, Paris France, (1975), Seminar for Senior Police Officers, Attorney-General of the Federation and Federal Commission Officers on Transition to Civil rule at the Police Staff College, Jos, (1979), Interpol Training Seminar on Computer Crime at St. Claude, Paris, France (1981), Conference on Problems of Nigeria’s International Borders at the National Institute for International Affairs (1986), and Interpol Seminar on Toxic Waste, Advanced Fee Fraud, Money laundering, etc, at Lyons, France (1992).
Late IGP Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie Rtd as a well-traveled personality during his lifetime visited Niger Republic, Benin Republic, United Kingdom, U.S.A, Germany, Italy, Sicily, France, Switzerland, Cambodia, Netherlands, Morocco, India, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, China, Thailand, and Eritrea.
He was a lover of Reading, Squash Racket and Watching Video.
Late IGP Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie Rtd was also a prolific writer and has these papers to his credit; Threat to Internal Security: A Paper presented at the Joint Police/Military Training Week, (1987). Law, Religion, and Security as Factors for Stability in Nigeria in the Third Republic; a paper submitted at a seminar organized by Kwara State Chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association (1988).
The threat to Internal Security; The procedure of handing over to the Military by the Police; A paper submitted at Nigeria Army Training Week Kwara, Nigeria (1989).
Law enforcement for Socio-Economic Development in Nigeria in the Third Republic; Research Paper presented as partial fulfillment for the Award of Member of the National Institute (mni) Kuru, Nigeria (1991). “Police Operation”: A paper presented to executive Course 1/02 for Commissioners of Police, Nigeria (1992).
Pressure Group Agitation and National Security: A paper presented at the seminar organized by the Nigerian Chief of Defence Intelligence, Lagos, (1992). Toxic Waste: Nigerian Experience (1992): A Paper Presented at the Interpol Lyons, France (1992). Role of the Police in the Maintenance of Internal Security: Lecture delivered to Participants of the Senior Executive Course (SEC. 11) National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Nigeria (1992).
The Nigeria Police and the Emergent Scenario of International Crime Prevention, Detection, and Control; Lecture delivered at the Business luncheon of the Nigerian American Chapter of Commerce, May 1994. Managing and Protection of Human Rights: Being an opening address at an International Seminar held at Abuja, Nigeria, organized by the British Council, 1994. State Security and Individual Liberties; A Police Dilemma, A keynote address delivered at the Workshop on Law Enforcement and Human Rights in Nigeria jointly organized by the Civil Liberties Organisation and the Nigeria Police, 1994.
Wind of change-A Keynote Address Delivered at the Joint Workshop of the National Orientation Agency and the Police, November 1994. The Way Forward-The Nigeria Police and objects of Prosecution; An Address Delivered at the opening of the National Conference of Law Officers, March 1996.
The Nigeria Police and Maintenance of Internal Security; Lecture Delivered to Senior Executive Course 17 Participants NIPSS, Kuru, Nigeria, April 1996. The Police as Pace-Setter and Role Model in the Transition Process; Keynote Address Delivered at Joint Workshop of the National Orientation Agency and the Police, November 1996 and The Nigeria Police in Perspectives; Lecture Delivered to Participants of Senior Executive Course 18 of the NIPSS, Kuru, Nigeria, 1996.
Late IGP Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie Rtd was married to Mrs. Baraka Coomassie, who was Police Officers Wives’ Association (POWA) chairperson between 1993 and 1999 and blessed with children.