President Muhammadu Buhari has terminated the appointment of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.
Further, the President has replaced him with Usman Alkali Baba, a Deputy Inspector General of Police as the Acting Inspector General.
The surprise move comes exactly two months into the extension of the tenure of the erstwhile IGP. Equally important, the development was confirmed by Bashir Ahmad, an aide of President Buhari.
Ahmad, who is the Personal Assistant on New Media to Buhari, made this known via a tweet posted on his verified handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Tuesday.
‘‘JUST IN: President @MBuhari has appointed DIG Usman Alkali Baba as the new acting inspector-general of police, with immediate effect, Minister of Police Affairs Maigari Dingyadi discloses the President’s directive this afternoon, in Abuja,’’ he tweeted.
JUST IN: President @MBuhari has appointed DIG Usman Alkali Baba as the new acting inspector-general of police, with immediate effect, Minister of Police Affairs Maigari Dingyadi discloses the President’s directive this afternoon, in Abuja.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) April 6, 2021
1st News reports that no reason was adduced for the sudden replacement of the IGP by the Presidency.
However, feelers indicate that it may not be unconnected with the current wave of insecurity in Nigeria; as well as the bold attacks on police formations across the country.
On Monday, armed gunmen had attacked the Police Headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital. The attackers had razed the building and proceeded to the Correctional Facility a few metres away; torching the building and setting free nearly 1,800 inmates of the facility.
In addition, the Police has also consistently suffered some embarrassing attacks; culminating in the loss of lives of personnel. Nigeria had also witnessed the brutal killing of some police operatives during the #EndSARS protests which rocked the country in October 2020.
Meanwhile, the erstwhile IGP was initially due to retire in early January, having spent the maximum 35 years in service.