By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau
More details have emerged on why President Muhammadu Buhari did not wait for the three months tenure extension he granted to retire the erstwhile Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar Adamu.
Prompt News reports that Adamu was unceremoniously removed earlier today, Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, who announced the removal in Abuja, also announced the appointment of Mr. Usman Alkali Baba as Acting IGP with immediate effect.
Justifying the unceremonious removal of Adamu, Dingyadi said the it is in line with the determination of President Buhari to rejig the security architecture of the country, to ensure that the security challenges bedeviling the nation are brought to an end.
He told State House Correspondents:
“The distinguished gentlemen of the press, the tenure of the IGP Mohammed Adamu, which ended on February 1, 2021, was extended by Mr. President to enable a detailed process of appointing a new IGP, in line with section 15 (A) of the 1999 Constitution.
“After a thorough check of a shortlist of suitably qualified police officers from the rank of DIGs and AIGs, who are eligible police officers, eligible for appointment as IGP, in line with Section 7, subsection 2 of the Nigeria Police Act (2020), and having regards to seniority, professionalism, record of service and competence, Mr. President has approved the appointment of an acting IGP, in the person of Usman Alkali Baba, PSE, FDC, with immediate effect.
“These changes are in line with the determination of Mr. President to rejig the security architecture country, to ensure that the security challenges bedeviling the nation are brought to an end.
“Mr. President has therefore charged the new appointee to rise to the challenge to ensure policing reform policy of this administration are fully prioritised and implemented to enable the police perform most effectively for the peace and security of lives and property of all Nigerians.
“Mr. President thanks the outgoing IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, for his professionalism and dedication to duty during the period of his tenure. He wished him all the best in his future endeavours”.
Asked why the President didn’t allow the outgoing IGP to last the three months of extension, the Minister said:
“Mr. President is aware of this and you cannot take away that responsibility from him; he’s the one who is in charge of appointing or extending tenures.
“He has now decided to appoint a new person. So please allow him that responsibility and we cannot do anything about it.