The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, tenure will soon come to an end by February when he will be 35 years in service and he’s expected to retire.
It is unclear if Mohammed Adamu’s tenure will be extended by President Buhari but unconfirmed sources said his successor may be announced as President Buhari had been criticized for extending the tenure of the Service Chiefs – Chiefs of Defence Staff, Army Staff, Naval Staff and Air Force and recently he extended the tenure of the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, and the Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Muhammadu Gana.
There are indications that the Nigerian Police Council may nominate a new Inspector-General of Police by next month. The council comprises of the 36 state governors, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission and Mr. President as chairman.
It was gathered that the race for the IGP’s successor has begun with some state governors, influential politicians and traditional rulers striving for their candidates as about 20 Assistant Inspectors-General of Police are eligible for appointment as the next IG,
A source who spoke to Punch stated that the police council always meets confidentially to decide the next IG but a lot of people are already pushing for their candidates; the pressure is high but it is the President’s prerogative to select the IG and that the current IG has launched a vigorous lobby for tenure extension to enable him to conclude certain reforms in the police but it is still unclear if his bid to secure an additional extension will be successful.
He continued that we have about 20 AIGs but most of them are not qualify under the new Police Act, which stipulates that a candidate for the office of the IG must have at least five years of service.
He stated that 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.”
Finally, he disclosed that the IG, Mohammed Adamu, recently nominated Jitiboh for promotion to DIG so as to bypass the most eligible AIG.