The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has denied media reports that he paid N2 billion for his tenure extension.
He gave the denial in a statement, signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Monday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
According to Mba, the media reports are untrue, unfounded, defamatory and libelous, adding that the fake news will not stop the police boss from going after criminal elements in the country.
Mba said the tenure extension of the IGP was strictly the prerogative of President Muhammadu Buhari after he was impressed with the police reforms initiated by Adamu.
The police PRO said the IGP has directed his legal team to commence legal actions against the online publisher for publishing a piece of fake news.
He stressed that Adamu asked members of the public to disregard and discountenance the media reports as evidently untrue and unfounded
The statement reads: “The Police High Command has described as untrue, unfounded, defamatory and libellous, the publication by Sahara Reporters, dated February 07, 2021, which alleged that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni paid over 2 Billion Naira for the tenure extension.
“The insinuations also by Sahara Reporters that the IGP did not “celebrate” his extension smacks of ignorance and a pathetic misplacement of priority. The extension does not call for merry-making or celebration but a time for more work, rededication to duty and selfless service to the nation.
“The IGP, while assuring the nation of an unwavering commitment by the Force under his leadership, to improved service delivery, safety and security of the citizenry, enjoins members of the public to disregard and discountenance the publication by Sahara Reporters as evidently untrue and unfounded. The IGP is undistracted and the Force remains motivated and committed to delivering on its mandate, especially the task of neutralizing current and emerging internal security threats.
“Meanwhile, the IGP has directed his legal team to commence legal actions against the online publisher.”
Naija News recalls that President Buhari had extended the tenure of the Inspector General of Police by three months.
Briefing State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, last week Thursday, Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, noted that the extension of the IGP’s tenure by the president is to allow enough time to select a new police boss.
The police boss was expected to leave the office on Monday 1st February 2021, 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.