IGP Battle: Police Riots When Adamu Retires Feb 1, 2021
An internal war is brewing between Nigerian police leaders. This is a battle for the Office of the Inspector General of Police (PGI) as incumbent President Mohamed Adamu steps down by law on February 1, 2021.
From the very beginning of its release, a restless calm reigned in Louis Edet House, the police headquarters in Abuja’s CBD.
Until a few weeks ago, expectations were high that the battle of succession, usually fierce for PGI positions in the past, would be flooded with the emergence of the new 2020 Police Law, which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Bukhari on Thursday. September 17. The law specifies that a person appointed to the PGI must be a senior police officer of the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), with the required academic qualifications of at least a first degree or equivalent in addition to professional and managerial experience.
Section 111 of Section 7 (6) of the Act, repealing Chapter P19, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, prescribed a four-year term of office for the person appointed to the PGI office, in accordance with the provisions of Section 18 (
, which stipulates that each police officer, upon recruitment or appointment, will serve in the Nigerian police for 35 years or until they reach the age of 60, whichever comes first.
But a recent ruling by the Court of Appeal appears to have planted clues to the implementation of the 2020 Police Act.The Court of Appeal declared the new police unconstitutional and invalid because it affected the police service’s constitutional mandate. Commission (PSC). The Court of Appeal ruled that the provisions of the law contradicted paragraph 30 of part 1 of the third list of the 1999 Constitution, which gave the Commission the power to appoint individuals to positions in the Nigerian police, with the exception of the Office of the Inspector General of Police.
The ordinance also canceled the recruitment of 10,000 police officers by the police authorities last year. Meanwhile, IGP Mohammed Adamu has appealed the verdict overturning a previous ruling by the High Federal Court of Abuja. However, it is unclear whether the repeal affected all of the 2020 Police Act or part of it related to the CPS mandate.
An audit of Saturday Sun revealed that at the time of this report there were five applicants for the drain, including Adam, the current PGI. The others, all Assistant Inspector General of Police, are Police Secretary Usman Alkali Baba; AIG in charge of Zone 13, Awka, AIG Dan Mallam Mohammed; Police Academy Commander (POLAC), Kano, AIG Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim and AIG in charge of Zone 12, Bauchi, Sanusi Nma Lemu.
Lawyers and critical security stakeholders who spoke with Saturday Sun are unanimous in their opinion that the provisions of the 2020 Police Act regarding the appointment, retirement of police officers and the PGI mandate have closed all windows. renewal opportunities for those approaching as Mohammed Adamu, born in Nasarawa State, joined the police force on February 1, 1986 and will reach the mandatory retirement age of 60 and 35. years of service by February 1, 2021. Born on November 9, 1961.
Likewise, of the six Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) currently in service, three are expected to retire alongside PGI on February 1, 2021. These are the DIG Logistics Department, Aminchi Baraya; DIG Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Michael Anthony Ogbizi, and DIG Research and Planning Department, Adele Oyebade. Others, DIG Celestine Okoye (Department of Information Technology); DIG Lawal Shehu (Department of Education) and DIG Abdul Danwawu will retire from October 26 to December 24, 2020.
Saturday Sun’s investigation revealed that the retirement storm will also wipe out 15 of the 24 Assistant Inspector General of Police, who are general service officers currently on duty from January 8 to November 21, 2021, while the balloons of hope for another eight people who have reached IGP levels were also limited by the provisions of the new police law.
They are due to retire between January 2022 and March 2023. AIG alone, Moses Jitobo, a general service officer, has another nine years of service. Jitobo, born June 1, 1970, currently head of the AIG Border Patrol, joined the police on June 10, 1994. He is due to retire on June 10, 2029. Ironically, all and the Four AIGs abiding by the IGP will retire between November 26, 2022 and December 18, 2023 and will come from the northern part of the country.
Impeccable police sources in Abuja on Wednesday hinted that some political hawks have returned to the drawing board to investigate safety valves to get around obstacles, caught in a web of legal hurdles with the 2020 Police Act. Rumors of a conspiracy to extend the life of the outgoing PGI are spreading amid fears that an attempt to circumvent the provisions of the new law could be disastrous for Nigeria’s police force.
During the press, it was not possible to confirm whether Adam had made an official request for an extension of his term of office, but sources close to the country’s center of power, Aso Rock Villa, said on Saturday that he had shown interest in running for the presidency. , The International Police Organization (Interpol), which is currently vacant, and elections for the number one position in the global police organization are expected to take place in December.
Observers speculate that if PGI got the nod from the president and backed his aspirations, it would have pushed for an extension of the term, perhaps until the 2023 general election. However, the downside is clear. , is that some powerful presidential forces are unwilling to keep Adam as a PGI and are working to close the veil on his term.
Sources say that in these circumstances, the pendulum appears to have swung in the direction of AIG Moses Jitobo, the only general duty officer in this class not burdened by any provisions of the 2020 Police Act, who still has a nine-year term of service. … He is a Graduate and Graduate Student in Geographic Information System at the Graduate School of Abia State University and a graduate of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Kuru, Plateau State.
Jitobo, originally from the Southern Geopolitical Zone, was at the time AIG in charge of Zone 8 Police Headquarters and Police Commissioner at the Adamawa State Police Department. He also holds a Certificate in Negotiation and Leadership, the Harvard Law School of Negotiation Program, Harvard University, Boston, USA, and a Certificate in National and International Security Policy from the Harvard School of Management. Kennedy, also received from Harvard University. Between 2018 and 2019, he was Commissioner for General Police Investigation (GI) at the Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Office (FCIID) Application, Alagbon, Lagos. He was Adjutant (ADC) and Chief of Personal Security (CPSO) to former President Goodluck Jonathan from 2010 to 2015.
Curiously, although he possesses the requisite qualifications, Jitobo is not among the names banned as a likely successor to Adam, which is said to cause increased tension and anxiety among some police officers and privates. Saturday Sun has reliably gathered that police riots have become palpable and bad blood ravines are forming.
“The Nigerian police faced many challenges and there was always a struggle for succession in the IGP position. With the passage of the 2020 Police Act, which clearly outlines standards for eligibility, term of office and retirement, we had high hopes that merit, fairness, fairness and transparency would prevail. But because of the antennas we receive, they are being nudged to take over, and the incumbent president planning to extend his service, the light is still far from the end of the tunnel. We hope that this time President Bukhari will stand firm in the path of law and justice; he must do the right thing. How do you explain the situation when all three last PGIs, Suleiman Abba, Ibrahim Idris and the current Mohammed Adamu, are all from the North? Asked a senior police officer who didn’t want his name mentioned.
Tunde Ogunshakin, a retired assistant inspector general of police and a senior partner at a law firm in Abuja, acknowledges that the new police law clearly identifies PGI candidates. But he says the president can still choose to extend PGI’s term based on the facts he has that justify the extension. “As a lawyer, the provisions of the 2020 Police Law are very clear. But I do not know the facts available to the president, and if he wisely decides to extend the term of office of the current president, I do not see anything wrong with that. Moreover, PGI has just worked for a year and is doing well. “
Will President Bukhari bow to pressure to circumvent the new police law or take the path of justice and fairness? The answer lies in time.
Source: – Punch ng