The tenure of the Inspector general of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has been extended by three months by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Confirming the development to state house correspondents, the minister for police affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, said the reason for the extension was to give room for the proper selection of a successor.
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 IG.
“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.”
The minister dismissed the notion that the IGP had retired, describing it as “one of those social media stories that one cannot control”.
The IGP was expected to leave office on Monday, February 1, following the expiration of his tenure.
Earlier on Wednesday, an Abuja-based lawyer, Maxwell Okpara has proceeded to a federal high court sitting in Abuja to stop Adamu from ”parading himself” as the IGP.
He sought for an order restraining Adamu from “exercising any form of command or control over the Nigeria Police Force”.
According to the suit, Adamu is “no longer a serving police officer”, hence, should not be occupying the position of IGP