…PSC ratifying list, says Ani.
By Olasunkanmi AKINLADE, Senior Investigator Correspondent, Abuja.
THIRTEEN days after he took over the mantle of leadership of the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector-General of Police Ag IGP Muhammed Abubakar Adamu has reluctantly retired seven Deputy Inspector-General of Police DIGs who were in fact, senior to him. CrimeWorld authoritatively scooped that Ag IGP Adamu reneged on his earlier resolve to retain the serving DIGs, most of who had no less than three months to leave the Force following pressures from three prominent retired IGPs(names withheld) who he served under as a much junior officer. Recall that the Ag IGP had said he would work with the management team he met on ground contrary to the age-long procedures of newly appointed IGPs retiring his senior officers. “My interest is to revamp and reposition the Police, to fight crime, respect the rights of citizens and move away from its present partisan status. I am not keen in retiring my senior officers as had been the tradition but shall maintain a cordial working relationship with all of them,” Adamu was quoted to have said while fielding questions from State House Correspondence moments after taking oath of office. But a top Police source at the Force Headquarters whispered to CrimeWorld that IGP Adamu reluctantly gave his nod for the retirement signal after a marathon meeting of the Police Council in Aso Rock Villa headed by President Muhammadu Buhari late Sunday night which was preceded by counsels from erstwhile superiors. “True, the new IGP was not ready to retire the serving DIGs but he was pressurized to do that by his erstwhile Ogas who insisted that keeping the older officers in office would jeopardize his mission of non-partisanship of the Police Force. They insisted that the fact that he lectured some of them at NIPSS does not make them mate adding that that phobia of junior-senior relationship could not be removed while taking far reaching decisions. That is why he agreed to recommend them for retirement,” said the top Police sources. The affected officers said to be far senior by Police status to the new acting IGP are DIGs Maigari Dikko(Admin and Finance), Joshak Habila (Operations) and Emmanule Iyang (Info-Tech), while DIGs Agboola Oshodi Glover,(Logistics & supplies), Peace Ibekwe Abdallah (Force Criminal Investigations Department) Mohammed Kastina,( Research & Development) and Mohammed Sani,(Training & Development) were promoted as such between three and five months ago respectively. Unconfirmed sources also hinted that some old AIGs who are senior to the new IGP would also be axed off the Force to pave way for the promotion of new ones and the creation of a new and formidable management team of the new Police leadership.
Meanwhile, the GP this morning submitted six names to be promoted as new DIGs to fill the vacant positions. AIG Taiwo Lakanu who is presently the Force Secretary from Lagos State and the Commissioner of Police in charge of Special Fraud Unit SFU who was former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Ibrahim Larmode from Adamawa State were among the list submitted for elevation. Others include, Ogbizi Michael, who was until the recent appointment was the CP Abia State Police Command, Usman Tilli Abubakar, from Kebbi State and joined the Police in February 1986; Abdulmaji Ali from Niger State who also joined the Police in February 1986 and Godwin Nwobodo, from Enugu State who joined the Police in 1984.
The Head, Media and Publicity of the Police Service Commission, Ikechukwu Ani in a telephone conversation said the list of the new senior Police officers was being ratified by the Commission for onward transmission back to the Force Headquarters. “Yes, I am aware of the submitted new list of DIGs for elevation but what I can tell you is that it is being ratified by the Commission who had been sitting since morning. I haven’t seen the list myself but at the plenary, it would be made public,” Ani said.
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