Nigerians are impatiently waiting for who President Muhammadu Buhari will appoint as the new Inspector-General of Police (IGP) as Mohammed Adamu, the current IGP, reaches the retirement age, having spent his 35 years in the force.
Daily Trust in a new report highlights some senior police officers who may be considered for the top job.
Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs)
The constitutional term for an IGP is four years with one renewable term. However, Daily Trust notes that none of those on the rank of DIG has up to four years before retirement.
This means that if appointed, they will not be able to complete the full tenure as IGP.
The DIGs with the most time left
1. Dan-Mallam Mohammed
2. Usman Alkali Baba
3. Sanusi Lemu
The three senior police officers will all leave the service in 2023.
Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) who may be considered
Daily Trust in its findings stated that three persons among the current AIGs have up to four years left in service.
While two of them will retire in 2025, the other has nine more years to retire.
1. Dasuki Danbappa Galadanchi
2. Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa
AIG with most number of service years left
1. Moses Ambakina Jitoboh (AIG in charge of border patrol)
It is gathered that Jitoboh's candidacy is being pushed by some influential persons, including former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The AIG hails from Bayelsa state.
Top officers in contention but with no requisite four years
1. AIG Dan-Mallam Mohammed
2. AIG Zanna Ibrahim
AIGs with less than four years in service but also in the contest for the position
1. Zanna Ibrahim
2. Mustapha Dandaura
3. Garba Baba Umar
Amid the retirement of IGP Adamu, a Federal High Court in Abuja has summoned the police boss.
He was ordered by the court to appear before it on Thursday, February 4, over his continued disobedience to a court order.
The summons issued against the IGP by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu is following Adamu's alleged refusal to reinstate Patrick Okoli, a deputy commissioner of police that was forcefully retired.