Muhammad Dingyadi, Minister of Police Affairs, has explained why Mohammed Adamu, the immediate past inspector-general of police (IGP), did not complete his three months tenure extension.
Adamu tenure as the Inspector-General of Police had ended in February having attained the mandatory 35 years in service.
President Buhari, however, extended Adamu’s tenure by three months, out of which the erstwhile police boss spent two months and three days.
But vDingyadi, who announced the president’s decision, told State House correspondents that it is the sole prerogative of President Muhammadu Buhari to decide on when to make or terminate an appointment.
He 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.”
Dingyadi said the president is grateful to the outgoing IGP “for his professionalism and dedication to duty during the period of his tenure”.
On the appointment of the acting IGP, the minister said Baba was picked after a “thorough check of a shortlist of suitably qualified police officers from the rank of DIGs and AIGs, who are eligible police officers, eligible for appointment as IGP”.
He stated that the appointment is in line with the president’s goal “to rejig the security architecture country”, adding that the president has charged Baba to “rise to the challenge to ensure policing reform policy of this administration are fully prioritised and implemented”.
The new acting IGP was born in 1963 and joined the Nigerian Police Force in March 1988.
He has a master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) and a BA (ED) in Political Science from the University of Maiduguri and Bayero University, Kano, respectively.
Prior to his latest appointment, Baba was the DIG in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Police Headquarters.