- Nigeria may have a new man as the police IG any time soon
- This is as Mohammed Adamu's service year ends on Monday, February 1
- There are, however, indications that President Muhammadu Buhari may extend the tenure of the police boss
There is palpable anxiety at the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) headquarters over the retirement of the inspector general, Adamu Mohammed, who is expected to bow out in grand style on Monday, February 1, after a meritorious service.
He has spent his 35 years in the force, breaking through ranks to become the boss of the police force. He was enlisted on February 2, 1986.
Adamu, who is the 20th IGP the country has produced, was appointed as the police boss by President Muhammadu Buhari, replacing Ibrahim Kpotun Idris of Niger state on January 15, 2019.
His mates, including a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), DIG Ibrahim Lamorde, DIG Michael Anthony Ogbizi, and AIG Mohammad Mustafa, will also bow out in style after years of service.
There are, however, hopes that Adamu's tenure may be extended by the president in order to allow him to execute some reforms in the police force, though this may be challenged, The Nation reports.
The president has on many occasions expressed trust and confidence in Ibrahim's leadership of the force and has shunned demands for the sack of the security chiefs amid a deluge of security challenges.
Earlier, President Buhari extended the tenure of the comptroller-general of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the commandant-general, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Muhammadu Gana.
But should Buhari decide not to extend Adamu's tenure, many assistant inspector generals of police have been named to take over from where the current IGP ends his tenure.
He is expected to hand over to senior in rank including AIG Moses Jitiboh who may be announced the new sheriff of the force.
Meanwhile, four senior officers have been dismissed from the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) over various forms of serious misconduct.
This was revealed in a statement by Ikechukwu Ani, head, press, and public relations of the Police Service Commission (PSC) on Sunday, December 20, 2020.