- At the moment, there is no date for the appointment of a new IGP
- This was revealed by a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu
- Shehu disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari will make the appointment when he returns from Katsina
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The presidency has responded to questions as to when President Muhammadu Buhari will choose the next Inspector-General of Police (IGP).
Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesman, said for now there is no fixed date for the appointment since President Buhari is not on seat.
Shehu disclosed that when the president returns from Katsina, very soon the needful will be done, Channels TV reports.
However, he assured Nigerians that the office of the IGP, being a very sensitive one, will not be left vacant.
The presidential media aide said:
“The president returns to Abuja on Tuesday. He should be on his desk by Wednesday. I don’t know when he will do this.
"One thing I can assure you is that in places sensitive like that, there is no vacuum that will subsist, so therefore the system will take care of itself.”
Earlier, there was palpable anxiety at the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) headquarters over the retirement of the inspector general, Adamu Mohammed, who was 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 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 were, 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.