New IGP to emerge next month




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There are indications that the Police Council may nominate a new Inspector-General of Police by February.

It is unclear if the current Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, will get a tenure extension but unconfirmed sources said successor may be announced.

The council, which is chaired by the President, comprises the 36 state governors and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission.

Adamu, who is the 20th indigenous police boss, is expected to retire next month when he would clock 35 years in service.

Sources said he had launched a vigorous lobby for tenure extension to enable him to conclude certain reforms in the police but it is still unclear if bid to secure an extension additional was successful.

had recently extended the tenure of the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, and the Commandant-General, Nigeria and Civil Defence Corps, Muhammadu Gana.

has been under fire for extending the tenure of the Chiefs of Defence Staff, Staff, Naval Staff and Air Force.

It was gathered that the race for the IGP’s successor has begun some state governors, influential and traditional rulers rooting for their .

A senior official said intense lobby for the new IG has commenced various interest groups pushing the candidacy of their protégés.

A handful out of about 20 Assistant Inspectors-General of Police are eligible for appointment as the next IG.

A source stated, “The police council always meets confidentially to decide the next IG but a lot of people are already pushing for their ; the is high but it is the President’s prerogative to select the IG.

“We have about 20 AIGs but most of them do qualify under the new Police Act, which stipulates that a candidate for the of the IG must have at least five years of service.

“We know that AIG Moses Jitiboh (former Chief Personal Officer to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan) still has over five years but they are trying to spoil chances. Apart from him, about four AIGs from also have good chances of being appointed.”

The source disclosed that the IG recently nominated Jitiboh for promotion to DIG in a move to bypass the most eligible AIG who was said to be sick.

When asked about the race for the police top , the Commissioner representing the media the PSC board, Mr Austin Braimoh, said the commission was involved in the appointment of the IG, noting that this remained the prerogative of the police council.

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