By Ismaila Chafe
Police Affairs Minister Maigari Dingyadi said the three-month extension of the mandate given to outgoing Inspector General of Police Muhammad Adamu was terminated after the completion of the selection process for a new IG.
Usman’s appointment had an immediate effect.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that Buhari extended Adamu’s tenure as IGP by three months on February 4.
Adamu, however, spent two months and three days of the extended period.
Reacting to the reasons why the president did not allow the outgoing IG to last the three months of its extension, the minister:
“The president is aware of this and you cannot take this responsibility away from him; it is he who is responsible for appointing or extending terms of office.
“He has now decided to appoint a new person. So please give him that responsibility and there is nothing we can do about it, ”he said.
Dingyadi explained that the appointment of the acting IG followed a thorough check of a shortlist of suitably qualified police officers of the rank of DIG and AIG.
He said all of the shortlisted candidates were police officers, eligible for appointment as an IG, in accordance with section 7, subsection 2 of the Nigerian Police Act (2020).
The mandate of IG Mohammed Adamu, which ended on February 1, 2021, was extended by the president of the P to allow for a detailed process of appointing a new IG, in accordance with Article 15 (A) of the 1999 Constitution.
”After a thorough check of a shortlist of suitably qualified police officers of the rank of DIG and AIG, who are eligible police officers, eligible for appointment as IG, in accordance with section 7, Subsection 2 of the Nigerian Police Act (2020).
And having regard to seniority, professionalism, service history and competence, the President approved the appointment of an interim IG, in the person of Usman Alkali Baba, with immediate effect.
“These changes are part of the president’s desire to reorganize the security architecture and ensure that the security challenges plaguing the nation are brought to an end.
“The president therefore tasked the new appointee to take up the challenge to ensure that the police reform policy of this administration is fully prioritized and implemented to enable the police to act most effectively for peace and the safety of life and property of all Nigerians, “he said.
The minister quoted the president as thanking the outgoing IG, Mohammed Adamu, for his professionalism and dedication to duty during the period of his tenure.
“He wished him good luck in his future endeavors.” (NOPE)
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