- One of the reasons President Buhari cut short the tenure extension of former IGP Mohammed Adamu was that he alone can make the decision
- Moreover, the police affairs minister, Muhammad Dingyadi, said the president wanted to keep his promise of reviving Nigeria's security system
- Dingyadi made these revelations on Tuesday, April 6, in Abuja
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Some revelation has emerged as to why the tenure extension of Mohammed Adamu, the former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) was cut short.
The disclosure was made by the minister of police affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, who told journalists on Tuesday, April 6, that the power to make such a decision resides only with the president, The Cable reports.
“Mr. President is aware of this and you cannot take away that responsibility from him; he’s the one who is in charge of appointing or extending tenures.
“He has now decided to appoint a new person. So please allow him that responsibility and we cannot do anything about it.”
The minister added that Adamu's successor, Usman Alkali Baba was chosen after from high-ranking and proficient officers who are fit for the job in all ramifications.
He went on to disclose that Baba's appointment was in line with Buhari's plan “to rejig the security architecture country, to ensure that the security challenges bedeviling the nation are brought to an end.”
Earlier, Buhari had approved the appointment of Baba as the acting IGP with immediate effect,
According to the newspaper, the minister of police affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dangyadi, announced this on Tuesday, April 6, while briefing journalists.
His appointment was subject to the approval of the Council of State meeting expected to be convened soon.
Meanwhile, Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation(AGF), Abubakar Malami had argued the president was empowered by the constitution to retain Adamu as the IGP for as long as it suited him.
Their position was contained in the joint response they filed to a suit instituted by a lawyer, Maxwell Opara, challenging, among others, the president’s decision to extend Adamu’s stay as the IGP for another three months from Monday, February 1, when he ordinarily should have retired.