Yesterday, a new Inspector General of Police was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, in the person of DIG Usman Alkali Baba, while Mohammed Adamu, the former IGP, was relieved of his two months overdue job.
Mohammed Adamu, was in Owerri, Imo State, on assignment when his “immediate effect” replacement was announced at the State House in Abuja. The assignment in Imo State was related to the prison break that took place on Easter Monday, when over 2,000 inmates escaped and a lot of properties were destroyed by hoodlums.
As initially announced by the President, Adamu, was to be in office for three more months (February 1 to May 1), after his retirement in February, but the extended tenure was abruptly cut short.
Asked why the President did not allow Mohammed Adamu to work through the three months of extension, the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi said:
“Mr. President is aware of this and you cannot take away that responsibility from him; he’s the one who is in charge of appointing or extending tenures.
He has now decided to appoint a new person. So, please allow him that responsibility, and we cannot do anything about it.”