Following the appointment of an acting Inspector-general of police IGP, the minister of Police affairs Muhammad Dingyadi, has explained why the former IGP Mohammed Adamu, did not complete his three months tenure extension.
According to the minister, the appointment of an IGP is the prerogative of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The president had approved the appointment of Usman Alkali Baba as acting IGP
Baba replaces Adamu who was on a three-month tenure extension by the president following the expiration of his tenure on February 4. Adamu had only spent two months and three days out of the three months.
The minister made this explanation while fielding questions from state house correspondents when he was asked for the reason behind the president’s decision not to allow the outgoing IGP complete his extended tenure.
In response, he said: “Mr. President is aware of this and you cannot take away that responsibility from him; he’s the one who is in charge of appointing or extending tenures.
“He has now decided to appoint a new person. So please allow him that responsibility and we cannot do anything about it.”
Dingyadi said the president is grateful to the outgoing IGP “for his professionalism and dedication to duty during the period of his tenure”.
Commenting on the selection of the new IGP, the minister said he was picked after a “thorough check of a shortlist of suitably qualified police officers from the rank of DIGs and AIGs, who are eligible police officers, eligible for appointment as IGP”.
The minister said Baba’s appointment is in line with the president’s goal “to rejig the security architecture country, to ensure that the security challenges bedevilling the nation are brought to an end”.
He added that the president has charged Baba to “rise to the challenge to ensure policing reform policy of this administration are fully prioritised and implemented”.
Until his appointment, Baba was the deputy inspector-general of police, force criminal investigation department, police headquarters.