President Muhammadu Buhari has not yet announced a new Inspector-General of Police as the tenure of the current occupant of the office, Mohammed Adamu, expires on Monday (today).
Adamu was appointed by the president on January 15, 2019, following the retirement of his predecessor, Ibrahim Idris.
Adamu’s appointment was ratified in May 2019 by the Nigeria Police Council, comprising the President who is the Chairman; all state governors, Minister of Interior, Chairman and Permanent Secretary of the Police Service Commission.
Adamu is expected to leave the office on Monday (today) having attained the mandatory 35 years in service.
Also expected to retire today are three Deputy Inspectors-General of Police: a former EFCC boss, Ibrahim Lamorde; Aminchi Baraya and Nkpa Inakwu.
Ten Assistant Inspectors-General of Police are also due for retirement today. They are Nkereuwem Akpan, Olafimihan Adeoye, Agunbiade Labore, Undie Adie and Olugbenga Adeyanju.
Others are Asuquo Amba, Mohammad Mustapha, Jonah Jackson, Olushola Babajide and Yunana Babas.
The amended Police Act, signed into law by President Buhari in September 2020, pegs the retirement age of police officers at 60 years of age or 35 years of service.
However, the Presidency has remained silent on the status of the IGP, and the Police Council has not met to consider a successor.
The last time the council met was on May 23, 2019, when it ratified the appointment of Adamu.
It is not known if President Buhari aims to elongate the tenure of IGP Adamu, just like he did for the immediate past service chiefs.
The immediate past heads of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) also got tenure extensions beyond their retirement ages.
According to the amended Police Act, the president can only appoint senior officers on DIG and AIG cadres as IGP.