There is a very strong indications that the nation’s police council might nominate another inspector general of police before the end of February. The council which is chaired by the president and it has the entire 36 state governor as a member.
The present inspector general of police Mohammed Adamu is seriously lobbying the power that be for tenure extension, some sources closed to the president intimated us that his successor will be announced soon.
Mohammed Adamu who is the 20th indigenous inspector general of police is expected to bow out of the force next month when he would’ve completed his mandatory 35 years in service.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had recently extended the tenure of the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, and the Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Muhammadu Gana.
This administration has come under fire lately over the extension of tenure of Chiefs of Defence Staff, Army Staff, Naval Staff and Air Force.
The Nigeria police council has intensified effort to select the next inspector general of police, but, source reaching us is that some state governors has started lobbying for their candidate.
About 20 assistance inspectors general of police are all gearing up for the exotic position of the nation’s police boss. But, most of them do 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.
“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.”
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.
In days to come, the top police position will be filled, the president has the so prerogative to appoints the next police boss for the nation.