Why Buhari terminated Adamu’s tenure extension

Outgoing Inspector General of Police Muhammadu Adamu
Outgoing Inspector General of Police Muhammadu Adamu

Minister of Police Affairs Maigari Dingyadi, said the three-month tenure extension of the outgoing Inspector-General of Police Muhammad Adamu was terminated following completion of the selection process for a new I-G.

Usman’s appointment is with immediate effect.

Buhari had on Feb. 4 extended the tenure of Adamu as the IGP for three months.

Adamu, however, spent two months and three days of the extended period.

The minister while reacting to why the president did not allow the outgoing I-G exhaust the three months extension, he said “The 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,” he said.

Dingyadi explained that the appointment of the acting I-G followed a thorough check of a shortlist of suitably qualified police officers from the rank of DIGs and AIGs.

He said all the shortlisted candidates were police officers, eligible for appointment as I-G, in line with Section 7, Sub-section 2 of the Nigeria Police Act (2020).

“The tenure of the I-G Mohammed Adamu, which ended on February 1, 2021, was extended by the president to enable a detailed process of appointing a new I-G, 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 I-G, in line with Section 7, Sub-section 2 of the Nigeria Police Act (2020).

“And having regards to seniority, professionalism, record of service and competence, the president has approved the appointment of an acting I-G, in the person of Usman Alkali Baba, with immediate effect.

“These changes are in line with the determination of the president to rejig the security architecture and to ensure that the security challenges bedevilling the nation are brought to an end.

“The 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 to perform most effectively for the peace and security of lives and property of all Nigerians,” he said.

The minister quoted the president as thanking the outgoing I-G, Mohammed Adamu, for his professionalism and dedication to duty during the period of his tenure.

“He wished him all the best in his future endeavours”.

1 COMMENT

  1. The disgraced former IGP Adamu was unceremoniously removed from office whilst on official visit to IMO state because the Presidency was totally against Adamu’s criminal activities in the south east lately.

    Obviously Buhari for the first time acted like a leader by not subscribing to Adamu’s stupidity to be sponsoring unknown gunmen to be attacking security operatives and prisons and subsequently releasing prisoners and tag IPOB as the masterminds with a view of initiating a large scale military offensive in the south east.

    For not being supportive of acts capable of throwing up dire security challenges in Nigeria and possible civil war, I say Kudos to Buhari and his advisors.

    But then, the Presidency should consider prosecuting the erstwhile IGP Adamu because south Easterners were shocked by Adamu’s attempt at destabilizing their region and peace.

    Adamu must be locked up.

    What a situation. I take a stroll. Nonsense.

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