The Presidency has said there is no known date for the appointment and announcement of a new Inspector-General of Police.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, disclosed this in an interview on Monday.
Mohammed Adamu, the current IGP, is expected to leave the office on Monday (today) having attained the mandatory 35 years in service.
However, the Presidency has remained silent on the status of the IGP, and the Nigeria Police Council has not been convened to consider a successor.
Speaking on the matter, Shehu said he is not aware of the imminent announcement of a new police chief.
“The President returns to Abuja on Tuesday. He should be on his desk by Wednesday. I don’t know when he will do this,” the presidential spokesperson said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
“One thing I can assure you is that in places sensitive like that, there is no vacuum that will subsist, so therefore the system will take care of itself.”
Shehu also insisted that the appointment of the next IGP will not be based on ethnic considerations.
“The President will rather have an Inspector-General of Police who will make you and I safer, protect life and property than one who is more pronounced by his tribal marks,” he said.
According to the amended Police Act 2020, the president can only appoint senior officers on Deputy Inspectors-General and Assistant Inspectors-Generals cadres as IGP.