- The Nigerian Police Force has issued a directive to the EFCC concerning police operatives working with the commission
- IGP Usman Baba has ordered the withdrawal of high-ranking police officers from the agency
- The police boss in a letter to the EFCC leadership said this is part of NPF's operational requirement
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Top police officers attached to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been ordered to leave the agency and report at the force headquarters on Wednesday, April 21.
The order was given by Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba in a letter dated Thursday, April 15, The Cable reports.
According to the letter addressed to Abdulrasheed Bawa, the EFCC's chairman, this order affects officers from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP).
Part of the letter, also seen by Premium Times, read:
“The decision is informed by the current operational requirements of the force. You are accordingly requested to kindly direct the immediate release of the concerned officers who are to collectively report to the undersigned on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 10am for further instructions.
“I am to also request that you avail this office the comprehensive nominal roll of all police personnel attached to the EFCC to include their date of transfer and designations in the agency for the purpose of updating our records.”
Dingyadi told State House correspondents on Monday, April 19, that the president was not in the country when Baba was appointed so he was at the Presidential Villa to formally present the acting IGP.
The minister said:
“You know he was decorated in the absence of Mr. President and we thought we should formally come to meet Mr. President to tell him that he has formally taken over and to seek for his fatherly advice, as to the way forward.
“He has congratulated the new acting IGP and he has asked us to ensure that we do the best that we can to ensure that he justifies the confidence that he has reposed in him."