IGP retirement: Uncertainty looms

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Outgoing Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu
There is an unusual silence from the presidency concerning the retirement of the IGP. The tenure of IGP Mohammed Adamu expires today as he has completed his 35 years maximum to stay in the police, having enlisted on February 2, 1986.

Adamu, who will turn 60 on September 17, was appointed as the IGP in January 2019. He has spent two years in office.

Three Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs) and 10 Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) are also due for retirement with him today.

It is believed that there is a campaign to extend Adamu’s tenure

Adamu’s tenure may likely be extended but there has been no official statement yet.

Deal of the day

An extension of his tenure may be disputed by some because it would contradict the provisions of the Police Act 2020 that pegs the retirement of police officers at 60 years of age or 35 years of service.

Section 18(8) of the new Act states: “Every police officer shall, on recruitment or appointment, serve in the Nigeria Police Force for 35 years or until the age of 60 years, whichever is earlier.”

The Act provides for a tenure of four years for the Inspector General of Police.

Section 7, subsection 2 of the Act provides that: “The person to be appointed as Inspector General of Police shall be a senior police officer not below the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police with the requisite academic qualification of not less than a first degree or its equivalent, in addition to professional or management experience.”

However, the ultimate decision lies with the President, who has been silent about his intentions so far.