– Nigeria may have a new inspector general of police soon
– This is as the police council is set to hold a crucial seating in February as Mohammed Adamu’s service year ends in February
– There are, however, indications that President Muhammadu Buhari may extend the tenure of the police boss
A new inspector general of police may be announced in February 2021 by the Nigerian Police Council (NPC), a credible media source has suggested.
According to The Punch, the current IGP, Mohammed Adamu, will retire from the force next month with a slim hope of tenure extension.
Adamu, who is the 20th IGP the country has produced, was appointed as the police boss by President Muhammadu Buhari, replacing Ibrahim Kpotun Idris of Niger state on January 15, 2019.
There are, however, hopes that the Adamu’s tenure may be extended by the president in order to allow him to execute some reforms in the police force.
The president has on many occasions expressed trust and confidence in Ibrahim’s leadership of the force and has shunned demands for the sack of the security chiefs amid a deluge of security challenges.
Earlier, President Buhari extended the tenure of the comptroller-general of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, and the commandant-general, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Muhammadu Gana.
But should Buhari decide not to extend Adamu’s tenure, many assistant inspector generals of police have been named to take over from where the current IGP ends his tenure.
“We know that AIG Moses Jitiboh (former Chief Personal Security Officer to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan) still has over five years but they are trying to spoil his chances. Apart from him, about four other AIGs from the North also have good chances of being appointed.”
Meanwhile, four senior officers have been dismissed from the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) over various forms of serious misconduct.
This was revealed in a statement by Ikechukwu Ani, head, press, and public relations of the Police Service Commission (PSC) on Sunday, December 20.
Ani explained that the decision was taken by the PSC at the 10th plenary meeting on Friday, December 18, presided over by its chairman, a retired Inspector General of Police (IGP) Musiliu Smith.
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