Why Buhari Extended IGP’s Tenure – Police Affairs Minister

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Why Buhari Extended IGP’s Tenure – Police Affairs Minister
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Following the extension of Mohammed Adamu as the Inspector-General of Police for three months, the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi has said the decision was reached to allow for a robust and efficient process of appointing a new IGP.

He stated this on Thursday in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Adamu’s tenure was supposed to have expired on Monday when he attained 35 years in service.

However, the president kept mute on the issue, rather than naming a successor so that Adamu could hand over.

The silence by the president and the presidency on the matter prompted speculation that the IGP’s tenure could have been extended secretly as he remained in office since Monday.

The development prompted a lawyer, Maxwell Okpara, to approach a Federal High Cout in Abuja to stop Adamu from parading himself as the IGP forthwith.

Clarifying the extension, Dingyadi said it was meant to ensure that the right officer was appointed to replace Adamu.

He said, “Mr President has decided that the present IGP, Mohammed Adamu, will continue to serve as the IG for the next three months to allow for a robust and efficient process of appointing a new IGP.

“This is not unconnected to the desire of Mr President to not only have a smooth handover but to also ensure that the right officer is appointed into that position.

“Mr President is extending by three months to allow him to get into the process of allowing a new one.”

When reminded that the situation has caused a lacuna in the system, the Minister said, “There is no lacuna. Mr President can decide to extend his tenure for three months.”

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