The presidency, on Monday, February 1, has responded to questions as to when President Muhammadu Buhari will choose the next Inspector-General of Police (IGP).
Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesman, said for now there is no fixed date for the appointment since President Buhari is not on seat.
But, speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily,Monitored by Globalgistng, Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said he is not aware of the imminent announcement of a new police chief.
“The President returns to Abuja on Tuesday,” he said. “He should be on his desk by Wednesday. I don’t know when he will do this. One thing I can assure you is that in places sensitive like that, there is no vacuum that will subsist, so therefore the system will take care of itself.”
Mr. Shehu also stressed that the appointment of the next IGP will not be based on ethnic considerations.
“The President will rather have an Inspector-General of Police who will make you and I safer, protect life and property than one who is more pronounced by his tribal marks,” he said.
Earlier, there was palpable anxiety at the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) headquarters over the retirement of the inspector general, Adamu Mohammed, who was expected to bow out in grand style on Monday, February 1, after a meritorious service.
He has spent his 35 years in the force, breaking through ranks to become the boss of the police force. He was enlisted on February 2, 1986.
Adamu, who is the 20th IGP the country has produced, was appointed as the police boss by President Buhari, replacing Ibrahim Kpotun Idris of Niger state on January 15, 2019.
His mates, including a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), DIG Ibrahim Lamorde, DIG Michael Anthony Ogbizi, and AIG Mohammad Mustafa, will also bow out in style after years of service.
There were, however, hopes that the president would extend Adamu’s term in office to allow him to make some police reforms, although this may be challenged.