- There is anxiety within the Nigeria Police Force as the service term of IGP Ibrahim Idris ends on Thursday, January 3
- Rumours that President Buhari may have approved a six-month tenure extension for the IGP has continued unabated
- The silence and tactical delay has attracted criticisms from opposition political parties, Civil Society Organisations and some Nigerians
A report by Vanguard indicates that there is anxiety in the Nigeria Police Force over what could happen in the next 24 hours, as the service term of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, ends on Thursday, January 3.
Niger state-born Idris, the nation’s 19th IGP, was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, on March 21, 2016, to replace Solomon Arase.
The 59-year-old police chief is due for retirement having enlisted in 1984, but there are speculations that his tenure could be extended by the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, as he is yet to attain the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.
Already, reactions have started to trail the possibility of the tenure extension, owing to the silence and what was described as the tactical delay to appoint a senior police officer to take over from Idris.
One of those agitating for a new IGP, the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria, NOPRIN, urged President Buhari to resist the pressure to extend the tenure of IGP Idris and all Service Chiefs.
National coordinator of NOPRIN, Okechukwu Nwaguma, said: “Mr. President, please, demonstrate your sincerity and commitment to your promise of delivering free, fair and peaceful election this year by resisting the pressure to extend the term of the current IGP. Mr. President, please, avoid the temptation.
“Not a few Nigerians are convinced that, given recent events and conducts of the current IGP and heads of other security agencies which manifest clear partisanship, there is significant concern about the elections.
“The participation of the current leadership of the security agencies in overseeing the elections may gravely harm the perception of fairness and integrity of the process.’’
Already, the Action Peoples Party and the Coalition of United Political Parties have dragged President Muhammadu Buhari to court over the purported moves to extend the IGP’s tenure.
The president had already approved the extension of the tenures of the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Air Staff and the Chief of Naval Staff.
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