Acting Inspector Inspector of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu has approved the retirement of all the Deputy Inspectors General of Police after getting the all clear from the Police Council headed by President Muhammadu Buhari.The Acting Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar his predecessor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris (r) after the decoration of the new Police Boss by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida
A top Police source confirmed to Vanguard last night that the retirement of the DIGs became necessary in view of their established seniority to the Acting Inspector General, going by Police statutes.
For over 3 years, 3 of the DIGs have operated in that capacity while four others were promoted Deputy Inspectors General more than 3 months ago thereby making it non controvertible that they are seniors to the Acting IGP
Though the Acting IGP was a teacher of one of the DIGs at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Stufies, Kuru, Jos, the fact remains that the officer later became a DIG and held that position with all the paraphenalia of office for 3 months while the Acting IGP was still a teacher and an AIG.
The three DIGs who had been in office since 2015 are DIG Maigari Dikko, DIG in charge Administration and Finance, DIG Joshak Habila, DIG in charge Operations, DIG Emmanuel Inyang, DIG in charge Information Technology.
Their colleagues who earlier retired in 2018 after 35 years in service or attainment of 60 years of age were DIG Mohammed Gambo, DIG Valentine Ntomchukwu, DIG Hyacinth Dagala and DIG Foluso Adebanjo.
The DIGs affected by the retirement who were promoted between five months and three months sgo are DIG Agboola Oshodi Glover, logistics and supplies, DIG Peace Ibekwe Abdallah, DIG, Force Ctiminal Investigations Department, DIG Mohammedd Katdina, DIG, Researh and Development and DIG Mohammed Sani, DIG in charge Training and Development.
It was further gathered that some Assistant Inspectors General of Police senior to the Acting IGP going by Police Seniority List, are affected by the retirement though the source declined yo divulge their names.
Recall that during the appointment of the former Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris,22 officers of the ranks of DIGs and AIGs eho were senior to him were compulsorily retired.
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We are not aware of retirement of DIGs- PSC
But the Police Service Commission,PSC, denied any knowledge of the retirement of seven Deputy Inspectors General of Police,DIGs, from the service of the Nigeria Police Force.
The Force Headqarters also said it was not aware of retirement of the DIGs, countering report in some online media that seven DIGs were retired by the new Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
Spokesman of the commission,Ikechukwu Ani, reacting to the report on a telephone conversation with Vanguard,Sunday night,insisted that they were not aware of any such developmement.
I don’t have any information on that. I am not aware of any such thing. Some of your colleagues have also called me on the issue and I told them that there’s no such thing to my knowledge as at now.”,he said.
Contacted too to confirm the report,Force Public Relations Officer,Frank Mbah,an Assistant Commissioner of Police,ACP,said he was not aware of the developmement.
He, however, referred Vanguard to the Police Service Commission, which he noted,was in a proper position to speak on the issue.
I have no information on that, I just did a press release today and I think if there was something as such,I should have spoken on that. Why don’t you ask the Police Service Commission? They are actually the appropriate authority to speak on that and not me when it comes to matter s like that.
“This is outside the administrative and operational matters,”Mr Mbah said.
Some online platforms had earlier reported that the acting Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu,retired seven DIGs.
The officers were named as Maigari Dikko, the DIG in charge of finance and administration and Habila Joshak, the DIG in charge of operations and Emmanuel Inyang,who is in charge of information and communications technology.
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Others were listed as Agboola Oshodi-Glover, logistics and supply; Mohammed Katsina, research and planning; Sani Mohammed, training and development; and Peace Ibekwe-Abdallah, federal criminal investigation and Intelligence.