…As senior Police officers kick against
The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu is due for retirement from the Force in January 2021.
But instead of preparing handover note for his successor, Adamu is lobbying the presidency and other powerful forces to pave way for his tenure to be extended.
Because of indications that Adamu does not want to vacate office, top management officers of the Nigeria Police Force are said to be against his plot and ready to scuttle his agenda ‘by all means.’
According to insider sources, Adamu recently wrote a memo to Buhari, requesting that his tenure be extended but has ot received any response in favour or against his request.
While waiting to hear from Buhari, Adamu is said to have engaged in extensive lobby of some northern governors, emirs and religious leaders to help him speak to the president to extend his tenure, telling them that he needs more time to complete police reforms.
But top management officers of the Force are said to be ganging up against Adamu. They say there is nothing big or special about his so called police reforms that require extension of his tenure, adding that he should leave and allow others rise in their career as well as bring their own knowledge for a better performing Nigeria Police.
“The man should just go and allow others rise and show their own talent. Which police reform is he talking about? What reform has he brought since he assumed that position? Look at how he bungled the opportunity to recruit 10,000 new police officers and men through sentiments by changing rules of engagement, ordering that there was no need for credentials,” a top policeman told African Community News in confidence.
Another officer who didn’t want to be mentioned said IGP Adamu has done nothing in the area of police welfare and promotion, and that his request or lobby for extension of tenure is part of corruption in Nigeria.
“How can you be lobbying for tenure extension? Are you the only person qualified to be IG? Buhari should ignore the man and allow him to go with his incompetence,” he said.
We found out that apart from the coming to an end of his tenure, Adamu has also exhausted the mandatory 35 years of service and is therefore due to retire.