President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to react to the expiration of the tenure of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
Naija News reports that Adamu is expected to leave the office on Monday (today), having completed his 35 years maximum stay in service. The police boss enlisted on February 2, 1986.
Adamu, who will turn 60 on September 17, was appointed as acting IGP on January 15, 2019, following the retirement of the former Police boss, IGP Ibrahim Idris. The police boss has spent two years in office.
It was learned that there were alleged moves to extend Adamu’s tenure in order to enable him to complete the ongoing reforms in the police.
However, such moves 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.”
As of the time of filing this report, the Presidency has yet to issue a statement on the retirement of IGP Adamu and his possible replacement.
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