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Tension At Force HQ As IGP Adamu Retires Monday

As the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed A. Adamu is due for retirement on Monday, reports revealed uncertainty over what happens at the Louis Edet House, Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

A sources told newsmen that there is frenzy and heightened intrigues within the police high command and corridors of power in Abuja in the hazy race to lead the Nigerian police.

Adamu, a member of the ASP Cadet Course 14, is due to retire on account of service years. The IGP clocks 35 years in service on Monday, having enlisted in the Police Force on February 1, 1986.

Hours to Adamu’s statutory retirement day, the Presidency is yet to announce a new inspector general of police or extend the tenure of Adamu.

By law, the police chief is appointed by the president on the “advice” of the Police Council. The Council is chaired by the president and has the 36 state governors, Chairman of the Police Service Commission and the IGP as members.

The Police Act, signed by President Muhammadu Buhari last year, pegs the retirement age of police officers at 60 years of age or 35 years of service.

Section 18(8) of the new Act states: “Every police officer shall, on recruitment or appointment, serve in the Nigeria Police Force for 35 years or until the age of 60 years, whichever is earlier.”

It was gathered that,there is intense lobby within the power cycles in Abuja, with Adamu still said to be hopeful of a tenure extension.

The Buhari administration had in the past retained key military and paramilitary officials even after they exhausted their statutorily allowed time of service.

Senior police officers are said to be working directly and through proxies to lobby for the police top job.

While some top officers in the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) and Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) will leave with the IGP on February 1, or soon after, there are a few of them who are hopeful of getting the post.

The DIGs with the most time left are the trio of Dan-Mallam Mohammed, Usman Alkali Baba and Sanusi Lemu. They will all leave the service in 2023.

It is however unclear what direction the president would follow with lobbyists bandying theories that favour their preferred candidates.

While those working for the current IGP are selling the idea of the need to allow him to consolidate on his “reforms”, others harp on the need to reflect the federal character in ensuring a sense of belonging to all parts of Nigeria,adding that the prominent AIGs being touted as possible successors to Adamu, have the requisite experience in core police duties.

They also say the senior police officer should not be denied the opportunity because of his background.

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