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Uncertainty over IGP Adamu’s fate

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Controversy is in the air, stirred up by the unabashed presence of IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, Tuesday, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari back to Abuja after a four-day vacation to his country home, Duara, Kastina State.

Sources said there were strong indications Tuesday night that Buhari had asked the IGP to hand over. Adamu completed his 35 years service on Monday. He was expected to have handed over to the most senior officer at the close of work on Monday, but he did not, fuelling speculation he might be granted an extension of service.

It was learnt that the IGP might have been informed of his fate after Buhari’s arrival.

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“He may likely handover to the most senior deputy inspector-general of Police. I am aware Adamu was yesterday putting finishing touches to his handover note,” a source in police circle said.

Unverified news platforms had reported on Tuesday that AIG Zanna Ibrahim had been appointed IGP.It was gathered that there was jubilation at the Nigerian Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State, among some officials of the college.

Attempts by The Guardian to speak with Zanna was not successful as his phone was switched off. Criminal lawyer, Barrister Yinka Sanni, said what played out on Tuesday was a further confirmation that the President was far from being aware of the state of the nation. He added: “I watched with dismay the sight of IGP Adamu in full police uniform at the airport to welcome Mr. President back to Abuja. If I am correct, Adamu’s tenure as a police officer ended on Monday, having served for 35 years. So if we are yet to hear of a tenure extension for the IGP, it means he has retired; so what is he still doing in the office?

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He said: “This is an aberration. It goes to confirm that President Muhammadu Buhari that we knew as a retired army general is no longer the stern, no-nonsense officer. He knows what he is expected to do a month preceding Adamu’s retirement because Adamu himself would have sent him a memo that he is leaving office and therefore, has to proceed on retirement vacation. That is when the search for his replacement was supposed to have begun. That was not done. We read online Tuesday afternoon that one AIG Zanna had been named his successor and that same Tuesday evening, Adamu was spotted in full police uniform at the airport where he went to receive the President back to Abuja; this is pure confusion. I do not think Nigerians and Nigeria need this inglorious drama at this time that insecurity is the order of the day.”

A retired army officer and security expert, Evans Kalu described the situation as unfortunate. He said: “This is very unfortunate. Although, I am not surprised because this government showed lack of clues right from the first day it came to office. You remember in 2015, how long it took the President to name his cabinet. Look at the service chiefs who were reluctantly asked to go recently, having served and over-served as uniformed men. I say it is unfortunate because this is happening at a time when we need to stand firm and be up and doing, tackle the menace of banditry, Boko Haram insurgents and general insecurity. The IGP is the head of the police, so if the police as an organisation has no leadership, knowing well that the tenure of the man leading them had elapsed, do you think they will put in their best to secure life and property? All we can do now is to keep praying for God’s intervention in our situation. That is all.”

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