Peace Ibekwe-Abdallah among DIGs sacked by IGP Adamu as police boss fires all his seniors

Inspector-General Muhammed Adamu has implemented the much anticipated decision expected of him as the police boss having been sworn in on January 15 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The latest report by Premium Times said IGP Adamu compulsorily retired seven deputy inspectors-general of police and others who are his seniors in the police. That’s the custom.

Those who were shown the way out include:

  • Maigari Dikko, the DIG in charge of finance and administration
  • Habila Joshak, the DIG in charge of operations.
  • DIG Emmanuel Inyang, information and communications technology
  • DIG Agboola Oshodi-Glover, logistics and supply;
  • DIG Mohammed Katsina, research and planning;
  • DIG Sani Mohammed, training and development
  • DIG Peace Ibekwe-Abdallah, federal criminal investigation and intelligence.

At this time of this report police authority is yet to make formal announcement, but it’s learnt that force spokesperson, Frank Mba, will address the press probably on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The seven officers were amongst 15 senior officers we reported on this medium that were likely to be retired.

The seven DIGs and eight assistant inspectors-general were identified as having joined the police before Mr Adamu, who was appointed on January 15 after the former IG Ibrahim Idris was retired as he attained 60 years.

The norm is that senior police officers must be retired when an officer junior to them in service or lower in rank is appointed to lead the institution.

When Mr Idris was appointed IG in 2016, more than 20 DIGs and AIGs were compelled to retire from service to enable him constitute his management team.

Adamu assumed office January 15, when former IGP Idris retired from service.

Idris’ successor, Mohammed, was appointed from the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, near Jos.

Born on November 9, 1961, Mohammed was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force in 1986. He has a bachelor in Geography.

Mohammed was a deputy commissioner of police in Ekiti state and had served at the Interpol where he served for over a decade.

The new police boss, who was the President of Interpol for five years, rose to the rank of assistant inspector general of police (AIG).

Mohammed served as the Commissioner Of Police in Enugu State and currently the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone Five, in Benin, Edo State, southern Nigeria.

The Nasarawa-born police chief was at one time a director of peacekeeping operations. He is a former police commissioner in Enugu and was an AIG in charge Zone 5.

His appointment lies to rest the controversy surrounding the tenure of Ibrahim Idris, outgoing police boss. There had been reports on the plots to extend Idris’ tenure but opposition parties kicked against it.

President Buhari appointed Idris March 21, 2016, after the retirement of Solomon Arase from the force as Police Inspector-General.