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BREAKING!! Big Shake Up In Nigeria Police Over IGP Adamu’s Retirement, 3 DIGs, 10 AIGs To Go…

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BREAKING!! Big Shake Up In Nigeria Police Over IGP Adamu’s Retirement, 3 DIGs, 10 AIGs To Go…


Anxiety in Power hdqtrs warms up as 3 DIGs, 2 AIGs, 1 CP to replace Adamu


As Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu bows out on February 1, three Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs) and 10 Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs) are legally expected to depart the Nigeria Police Force.

Between March and October, six of the remaining 19 AIGs will also be swept away this year in a gale of retirement, which will also impact some police commissioners.

Adamu is set to retire alongside Aminchi Baraya, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the Logistics and Supplies Police Department; Aminchi Baraya, Deputy Inspector General of the Police Department of the Intelligence Directorate and former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), DIG Ibrahim Lamorde, and DIG Nkpa Inakwu, who was promoted to the ranks of five officers on 20 December.

Record checks on the existing list of police personnel also revealed that AIGs withdrawing from the incumbent IGP include AIG Hosea Karma, AIG Mohammed Mustafa, AIG Jonah Mava, AIG Olusholla David, and AIG Yununa Babas. AIG Nkereuwem Akpan, AIG Olafimihan Adeoye, AIG Agunbiade Lasore, AIG Undie Adie and AIG Olugbenga Adeyanju are also involved.

At the Louis Edet House Police headquarters in Abuja, the development has generated suspense and tension as the tussle of who succeeds the outgoing IGP enters Zero Hour, despite claims of an escalated lobby to prolong his tenure.
Three Deputy Inspectors General of Police, two Assistant Inspectors General of Police and a Police Chief, recently deployed as acting Assistant Inspector General of Police, Force CID Annex, Lagos, are among those said to be bracing up to take over the baton from Adamu.
These include DIG Sanusi Lemu, DIG Usman Alkali Baba, DIG Dan-Mallam Mohammed, AIG Hafiz Inuwa, AIG Garba Umar and CP Dasuki Galadanchi, who have recently completed a course at Kuru, Plateau State’s National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).

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Speculation, however, is rife with attempts by some political hawks to push the Police Service Commission (PSC) to speed up its next traditional meeting at which it makes far-reaching decisions, including discipline and promotions, on senior police officers.
The next promotion to the rank of AIG is expected to support CP Dasuki, who is number two in seniority on the personnel list among the 97 police commissioners currently in service. Reports suggested that AIG had already been deployed to the Force CID Annex, Lagos, serving as AIG ahead of its planned substantive elevation at the forthcoming PSC conference.
According to credible security sources, the unconfirmed pressure on the PSC to accelerate its next sitting stemmed from desperation by some power brokers eager to preserve the status quo to ensure their favored plum job candidates scaled the hurdles prescribed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s amended Police Act 2020, which was signed into law on September 17, 2020.

Specifically, the new Police Act provided, inter alia, that a person to be named as an IGP must be a senior police officer not below the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) with, in addition to technical and managerial experience, a mandatory academic qualification of not less than a first degree or its equivalent.
Section 7(6) of the Act, which abolished the Police Act, Cap. P19, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, provided for a single four-year term for a person appointed to the IGP office subject to the provisions of clause 18 (which specifies that, on induction or assignment, all police officers must serve in the Nigerian Police Force for a period of 35 years or until they reach the age of 60, whichever is the earlier.

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While there were initial questions as to whether a judgment given last year by the Court of Appeal concerning a legal dispute concerning the mandate between the PSC and the IGP would temporarily delay the enforcement of the Police Act 2020, legal experts have clarified that only a section of the Act relating to the mandate of the PSC has been annulled.
Checks by Sunday Sun revealed that all three DIGs and two AIGs in the race for the IGP office were caught on the network of the hurdles under the provisions of the Police Act 2020, as none of them have four more years left in the service, a mandatory eligibility requirement.

Although DIG Sanusi Lemu is scheduled to leave the police force on 30 January 2023, on 1 March 2023 and 18 December 2023 respectively, DIG Usman Baba and DIG Dan-Mallam Mohammed will bow out.
In the same vein, the chances of the two AIGs reportedly eyeing the top job are also burdened by their retirement dates that fell short of the provisions for the tenure of an appointee to the IGP office in the new Police Act. AIG Garba Umar has a retirement date of May 15, 2023, just as AIG Hafiz Inuwa is expected to leave on March 21, 2024.
Interestingly, only one of the 29 AIGs currently in service as general duty officers is not restricted by any provision of the Police Act 2020, but feelers indicated that he has an unofficial obstacle to contending with political undercurrents. Born on June 1, 1970, AIG Moses Jitoboh, who comes from the country’s southern flank, still has nine years in service, but he is not among the names peddlll

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Jitoboh, an NIPSS alumnus, is currently the acting DIG in charge of research and planning, and was the AIG Border Patrol Unit until his recent deployment. A multiple degree holder and PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Abia State University in Geographical Information System, and at the time, AIG was in charge of the police command of Zone 8 as well as Police Commissioner, Adamawa State Police C

In the meantime, Dasuki Galadanchi, a police commissioner due to retire on March 3, 2025, is the only senior northern extraction police officer who is not entangled by the provisions of the Police Act. However, his only snag is that he is still eligible for appointment as IGP to reach the approved rank of AIG.
This may have propelled the rumored drive for the PSC to hold its traditional meeting soon, according to sources in the safety circle, to brighten its chances in what appears to be a game of luck and the resolve of President Buhari’s Police Council to uphold the values of the Constitution and the rule of law.


BREAKING!! Big Shake Up In Nigeria Police Over IGP Adamu’s Retirement, 3 DIGs, 10 AIGs To Go…

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