The sacking of Mohammed Adamu as the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) on Tuesday, April 6, came as a surprise to many Nigerians.
The police boss was fired after he spent about two months out of his three-month extended tenure.
The police affairs minister announced that a Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Usman Baba, will replace Adamu as the acting IGP, The Cable reported.
When asked about why the president did not allow the outgoing IGP to complete his extended tenure, the minister said it is the prerogative of President Buhari to decide on when to make an appointment.
''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.''
However, Daily Trust has reported that there are 3 underlining reasons that prompted the president to sack IGP Adamu as discussed below.
1. Suit challenging the controversial extension of IGP Adamu's tenure
According to Daily Trust, credible sources who did not want to be named claimed that one of the reasons why the former IGP was sacked was because of a case challenging the three-month extension of his tenure.
The suit challenging Adamu’s continued stay in office was filed by a lawyer, Maxwell Okpara, before a Federal High in Abuja.
Sources said the presidency decided to relieve the police boss of his duties to save itself from embarrassment over an impending court judgment that could go against the tenure extension.
2. Alleged poor financial management and administrative lapses in police
Another reason adduced for Admu’s sack was the story by Daily Trust which alleged that poor financial management and administrative lapses were affecting the activities of the police nationwide.
A source at the police affairs ministry said the story generated ripples as the presidency expressed displeasure to both the police management and the ministry.
3. Rising attacks on police formations in southeast
The newspaper also reported that the attack on police command headquarters in Owerri, Imo State, in the early hours of Monday, April 5, culminated in the sacking of Adamu.
According to Sahara Reporters, a source who spoke anonymously said people close to the president felt Adamu had run out of ideas on how to stop the rising attacks on police formations in the southeast and south-south regions of the country.
Meanwhile, following the attack on the Imo police headquarters, the outgoing Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Muhammed has ordered officers to deal with members of Indigenous People of Biafra. (IPOB)
The Nation reported that Adamu gave the order on Tuesday, April 6, when he visited the burnt Imo police command headquarters and the Owerri Correctional Service.
He said police officers must crush IPOB members to the last man.