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Lobbying Begins For New IG As IGP Adamu Bows Out Today

The Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu and other high-ranking officials in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) are set to resign today the 1st of February, 2021.

Mohammed Abubakar Adamu joined the Nigeria Police on February 1st, 1986. He was appointed by President Mohammadu Buhari and assumed office on the 15th of January 2019 as the 20th indigenous Police Chief. He assumed office when the police force was in dire need of reform as the country was facing several internal security challenges like banditry, armed robbery, kidnapping, and cybercrimes, etc.

6 months into his tenure, he launched “Operation Puff Adder” as a response to the incessant killings by bandits ravaging Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto, Plateau, and other states in the country.

Operation Puff Adder recorded some breakthroughs most especially on the Kaduna-Abuja highway where the kidnappings and killings were most frequent.

Even though there were speculations of a tenure extension for IGP Adamu following the elongation of the tenure of the past service chiefs, he has however attained 60 years of age and undergone the mandatory 35 years in service.

President Buhari recently extended the tenure of Immigration Boss Muhammadu Babadede, Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Muhammadu Gana, and others.

Reports have it that the Inspector-General of Police has also been lobbying for the extension of his tenure to enable him to complete his police reform project.

The new IG is supposed to have been announced few days before the incumbent IG Bows out as governors and other politicians reportedly lobby for their candidates to become the next Police Boss.

As the pressure of who becomes the new police IG mounts, the new police law signed by President Mohammadu Buhari states that only officers with a period of four years in service can be appointed as the new IG of police, and the retirement age is pegged at 60 years of age or 35 years in service.

The Police Act which was passed by the National Assembly stipulates that only officers not below the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) will be appointed as the Inspector General of Police with other academic qualifications.

According to reports, 23 out of the 24 AIGs are not eligible to become the new IG as their retirement dates fall between January 8, 2021, and March 1, 2023, leaving only one officer whose retirement date is more than eight years in service.

Asides IGP Adamu, three other DIGs, and 10 AIGs are due for retirement today.

The DIGs are former EFCC boss Ibrahim Lamorde, Aminchi Baraya, and Nkpa Inakwu. The AIGs are Nkereuwem Akpan, Olafimihan Adeoye, Agunbiade Labore, Undie Adie, and Olugbenga Adeyanju. Others are Asuquo Amba, Mohammad Mustapha, Jonah Jackson, Olushola Babajide, and Yunana Babas.