Buhari has not approved state police — Presidency
President Muhammadu Buhari has not approved the formation of state police structures as being reported by some newspapers, the Presidency said on Monday.
A statement signed by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said President Buhari Monday rather received a report on the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
It said the president requested that the report be studied and a white paper produced within three months.
”President Buhari’s specific directive is that a three-man panel is set up to produce the white paper.
”The report of the white paper committee will form the basis of the decisions of the government on the many recommendations, including the setting up of state and local government police made by the Ojukwu panel.
”Until a white paper is produced, it will be premature and pre-emptive to suggest that the recommendations contained in the report have been approved by the President in part or whole,” the release said.
The debate over the creation of state police has heightened in recent months with the rising insecurity across parts of the nation.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the establishment of state and local government police.
He also approved the dismissal of 37 police officers as recommended by the National Human Rights Commission Presidential Special Panel on SARS Reforms.
This was contained in the statement by the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission and Chairman Presidential Panel on SARS Reform, Anthony Ojukwu, during the submission of report of the Presidential Panel on the reform of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), of the Nigeria Police, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Panel according to Ojukwu received 113 complaints on alleged human rights violations from across the country and 22 memoranda on suggestions on how to reform and restructure SARS and the Nigeria Police in general.
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He said, “At the end of its public hearing and having listened to complaints as well as defendants and their counsel, the Panel recommended thirty seven (37) Police ofﬁcers for dismissal from the force. Twenty four (24) were recommended for prosecution.
“The panel also directed the Inspector General of Police to unravel the identity of twenty two (22) ofﬁcers involved in the violation of the human rights of innocent Citizens.
“The police was directed to pay compensation of various sums in forty—ﬁve (45) complaints and tender public apologies in ﬁve (5) complaints and directed to obey court orders in ﬁve (5) matters.
“The Police was directed to immediately arrest and prosecute two (2) retired senior Police ofﬁcers found to have violated the rights of citizens (one for extra-judicial killing and the other for illegal takeover of Property of a suspect). The Panel also recovered two vehicles illegally auctioned by SARS Ofﬁcers and returned them to their owners.”
Some other key recommendations of the Panel include,” Signiﬁcant improvement in the funding, kitting and facilities of the Nigeria
Police Force; Strengthening Information and Communication Technology of the Force; Establishment of State and local government Police.”
Woman, husband sell their six-hour-old baby for N850,000
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri
OPERATIVES of the Imo State Police Command have apprehended five members of a child trafficking syndicate who allegedly sold a six-hour-old baby for N850,000 shortly after he was born.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Rabiu Ladodo, who paraded the suspects at the command’s headquarters in Owerri on Saturday, described the crime as “absurd and irritating.”
Ladodo said the suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.
The CP noted that it was unbelievable that the mother of the newborn, Chinonye Oparaocha, 23, conspired with the other suspects to trade the child after delivery.
The other suspects are Confidence Anyanwu, 28; Duru Christian, 38; George Iyowuna, 38, and William Cynthia, 44.
Ladodo said the mother of the baby conspired with a nurse at the hospital where she was delivered of the baby to take the child to Rivers State, where he was trafficked for N850,000.
According to him, it took coordinated intelligence from his men for the baby to be recovered and the suspects arrested.
The CP said, “On February 8, 2019, at an undisclosed clinic on Nekede Road in the Owerri West LGA, one Chinonye Oparaocha was delivered of a baby boy.
“The woman immediately conspired with one Confidence Anyanwu, a nurse and native of Umuhu Okwuato in the Aboh Mbaise LGA, in company with her husband, Amanze Anyanwu (at large), and carried the six hours old baby to Port Harcourt in Rivers State, where one Duru Christian, was standing by.”
The CP explained that at Port Harcourt, Christian in company with Iyowuna, met them and took custody of the baby.
Ladodo said, “George Iyowuna met them at their hideout, took the baby boy and handed him over to a prospective buyer, William Cynthia and her husband, who eventually paid the sum of N850,000.
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“On April 13, operatives of the Scorpion Squad of the command, after diligent investigation, arrested these five suspects, including the mother of the baby and the nurse, who delivered her of the baby.”
The CP said the suspects had given useful information to the police, adding that efforts were ongoing to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.
Police arrest man over theft of his child
by Agency Reporter
A man who claimed that his five-day-old baby was stolen at gunpoint in his home in Ijagbe, Mopa-Muro Local Government Area, Kogi, is being held by the police as a suspect in the matter.
The man, Mr Tosin Ojuola, claimed that the baby was stolen 10 days earlier.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that the incident occurred about 8 p.m. on April 11 when the gunmen invaded the home of the Ojuolas and forced the wife at gunpoint to surrender the child to them.
At Nigeria Police Force headquarters in Lokoja on Sunday, Ojuola told NAN that he left home barely 10 minutes when the gunmen invaded his apartment, beat up his wife and took away the child.
“I left home and was on my way to church for vigil on that fateful night when I suddenly heard my wife’s voice crying and shouting for help.
”I quickly ran back to my apartment and my wife told me that two armed men had forcibly taken our baby away and run into the nearby bush.
”I shouted for help and some youths immediately joined me to go after the gunmen to rescue my baby but all our efforts yielded no result as we were not able to get them.
”We searched all the nearby bushes to some kilometres away but because it was night, we could not go very deep into the bush,” he said.
Ojuola said he reported the matter immediately at the Divisional Police Station in Mopa, where the police promised to investigate and search for the baby.
Ojuola said that the following morning, more villagers were mobilised to search for the baby far into the bush, including farms and Fulani settlements, but that all efforts were abortive.
He explained that the police came to his house the following day to arrest his landlord and a Fulani man, who was a tenant in the house.
Ojuola said that the matter took a twist on April 14 when the police invited him for questioning and later detained him.
“The police told me that the community leaders demanded for my arrest, claiming that the village oracle (Ifa) revealed that I have a hand in the stealing of my own baby.
”Meanwhile, before my arrest, three of the community leaders came to my house on the third day and said that they were going to make sacrifice to their gods to expose the perpetrators and recover my baby.
”They asked me to provide axe, cutlass, hoe, palm kernel oil and fresh yam, which I did, and they asked me to take them to the spot where I buried the placenta of my baby.
”I took them there and they did some incantations and poured the oil on the spot and assured me that my baby would be found.
”To my greatest surprise and shock, it was the same people that asked the police to arrest and detain me for allegedly stealing my own baby,” he said.
Ojuola stated that the case was later transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Police Headquarters, Lokoja, on Wednesday.
”I have since been in police cell for seven days without food and without any hope of finding my stolen baby. My image has been tarnished.
”Why would I do such evil against my own baby? I am a farmer, and a staff of Mopamuro Local Government Council, I have five children.
“The stolen baby was my sixth child. I am still owing N4,000 at the clinic where I took the baby to after he was delivered at home.
”I have spent over 11 years in the community, my aged parents are in the same community; I have never been involved in any crime in my life.
”I am innocent; I am a devoted and committed Christian. How would I steal my own baby, to do what and for what?” he asked.
”I am appealing to the police to conduct a thorough investigation and fish out the perpetrators and help me to rescue my baby because I am helpless,” Ojuola pleaded.
Shade Ojuola, his wife, in tears, expressed sadness over the incident.
She told NAN by telephone that she had bathed the baby, laid him in bed and was receiving fresh air outside with the landlord’s wife when the gunmen emerged.
“They flashed their torch light and commanded us to hands up.
”I started shouting when they brought out guns and ordered me to shut my mouth; they forced the door open and carried my baby away.
”My husband had just left the house for church not up to 10 minutes when the kidnappers came,” she explained.
Shade, who corroborated her husband’s earlier statements, called for immediate release of her husband to enable the family to continue the search for their baby.
”I am begging the police to please free my husband from cell in Lokoja because he is innocent; he can never do such a thing; he is a hardworking man and he fears God.
”We have been married for 11 years with five children and he loves me and all our children; I don’t want to lose him,” she said.
The aged father of Tosin, Mr John Ojuola, 74, told NAN by telephone that some people in the community were conniving with the police to implicate his son.
”The police should concentrate their effort on finding the real perpetrators of the heinous act against my innocent grandson and bring them to justice,” he said.
The traditional ruler of Ijagbe, Chief Amushin Adeleye, who also spoke to NAN by telephone, confirmed the incident.
He, however, denied any involvement in the arrest and detention of Tosin.
He said that Tosin had never engaged in any form of criminality, violence or social vice in the community.
The monarch further confirmed that the two people the community suspected after findings and consultations were Ojuola’s landlord, Samson Johnson, and a Fulani man, Umoru Isah.
He said that the community later reported Johnson and Isah to the police.
The traditional ruler appealed to the police to release the baby’s father and ensure that justice was done.
When contacted, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hakeem Busari, said that he was aware of the matter.
When told that the complainant in the case, Mr Tosin Ojuola, had been in detention at the CID Section, Busari expressed shock and asked for time to enable him to find out the real situation from the Officer in charge of the CID.
However, more than two hours after, the police Commissioner did not call back to tell NAN his findings.
Several attempts to re-establish link with him failed because he had switched off his mobile phone.
POWER PLAY IN POLICE: Intrigues, inside story of how Edgar’s handover was stopped
By Juliana Francis
‘His closeness to new IG didn’t play role in stoppage of handover’
‘The new IG wants to reassess situation before taking decision’
Lagos State is a melting pot where the sublime and the ridiculous exist side by side. The Centre of Excellence is never short of dramas and the latest in these unending spectacle unfolded earlier in the week in the full glare of bemused citizens. On that day, specifically Tuesday, January 15, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi was supposed to handover the baton of leadership to Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, but a phone call from the Force Headquarters stopped the ceremony, retaining Imohimi as the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, while compelling Egbetokun to move back to his former office.
It is worthy to note, that the call came some minutes after Mohammed Adamu’s decoration as the new Inspector General of Police. “On the day that Adamu was decorated, was also the day that Edgal was supposed to handover. But even on that day, Edgal was just delaying, nobody knew why. It was as if he was waiting for something. And then the phone call came. After he listened to the caller, he handed the phone to Egbetokun, who also listened. We are, however, not sure whether the phone call was directly from the new IG himself or he gave directives to a senior police officer to stop the handover ceremony,” said a police source.
A lot of forces were at play, with the incoming Inspector General of Police Adamu and outgoing IG, Ibrahim Idris, displaying massive power play between the new and old order. The new order triumphed. The seat of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police is and had always been a coveted one. Most CPs often find it difficult to relinquish power whenever it is time to hand over the reins of power. The seat comes with glory, power and influence. The desires of every ambitious policeman. It will be recalled that Imohimi was appointed as the Lagos State Commissioner of Police in a controversial circumstances and during a controversial era.
His appointment came just when many policemen were beginning to grumble that their colleagues were allegedly buying promotions, making junior officers to become senior, and senior officers to become junior. The Police Service Commission (PSC) and Idris were fingered to be those selling promotions to policemen not qualified or due for such ranks. The PSC and Idris repeatedly denied the allegation and nothing was proved against them. Imohimi was accused and alleged to be among those that bought his promotion. It was further alleged that his classmate, the sitting governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, paid for him. It all turned out to be mere allegations, which no one, even policemen that wrote a series of petition against Imohimi, could prove. In August 2017, Imohimi was appointed the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.
He replaced Fatai Owoseni. Before then, he was Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Lagos State Police Command, working directly under Owoseni. Before Imohimi took on the mantle of leadership, Lagos State was in the grip of blood suckers called Badoo cult groups. These cult groups killed women, men and children. Nobody was spared.
The Badoo cult groups had a pattern and signature. Even as a DCP, Imohimi led an operation to Ikorodu area of the metropolis, into Badoo cult enclave, beginning the demystification of the cult groups. He was daring and treaded even were angels feared to. While many of his seniors were said to be seething over his promotion and appointment, Imohimi knew it was up to him to prove himself.
Without wasting time, he hit the ground of Lagos State running. He tackled the Badoo cult with a ferociousness that was electrifying, declaring alleged sponsors and supporters wanted. He wormed his way into the hearts of many Lagosians and security watchers. He then focused on issues that had to do with children and women.
Many people may not like Imohimi, describing him as rude and brash, but nobody could take it from him that he was one of the best and most hardworking CPs the state had ever had. As he was driving himself hard, working round the clock, he was also driving his men, making them crazy with fatigue. So many alleged corrupt policemen, especially members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) under his watch, were arrested, detained, defaulted and sometimes dismissed for misconduct. But while things were working out for Imohimi in the state, the same couldn’t be said for his benefactor, friend and classmate, Ambode. Party members were not too happy with Ambode for many reasons.
Ambode lost in the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries. Nobody needed a soothsayer to know that the political powers that be, had chosen and anointed Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the next governor of Lagos State. No matter how hardworking Imohimi was, the thinking was that some politicians in the state had trust issues with him. They knew how close he was to Ambode; they were uneasy. It is election year and chances should not be taken.
The thinking is that it was at this point that the plotting to oust Imohimi from the seat of power began, in order to bring in a trusted hand. The politicians needed just one mistake to take Imohimi out. The much needed reason soon came. The campaign rally of APC held on January 8, at Skypower Ground Ikeja, Lagos, turned bloody, with political thugs shooting and wielding machetes like they were in a Wild West Hollywood movie. Party supporters scampered for safety, while armed men, believed to be members of National Union Road Transport Workers (NURTW), unleashed hell. Many people were injured, including journalists.
MC Oluomo, a strong member of NURTW and supporter of the APC was stabbed after he mounted the podium to dance. Ambode and Sanwo- Olu were guarded and guided off the venue in a human-shield. There was outrage that such a bloody drama occurred just a few walks away from the Lagos State Police Command, where Imohimi has his office. Many of the party people alleged Imohimi, deliberately working against the party, didn’t secure the venue properly. A police source, who spoke with our reporter after the phone call that retained Imohimi as CP Lagos, disclosed: “The transfer of Edgal is just political. APC used the MC Oluomo case to attempt to remove him. The truth, however, is that policemen, operatives of Department of State Services (DSS) and officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence corpse were all there. Why did they pick only on Edgal as not doing his job? It’s all about politics.”
As the plot to kick out Imohimi thickened, the gods were preparing to usher the IG, Idris, out of Louise Edet House. He had reached the mandatory 35 years in service and the hope that President Muhammadu Buhari might extend his tenure was dashed. There are speculations that the APC leadership had already reached out to Idris. Just as Idris was taking a bow to leave the stage for Adamu, he played a fast one. He made a series of transfers; one of those transfers was Imohimi.
He was transferred to the Explosive Ordinance Unit at the Police Headquarters, Abuja. He was to resume immediately, while Egbetokun was to take over. Imohimi’s transfer attracted a lot of outrage among many Lagosians. Those who knew he was hardworking and had done well in terms of security didn’t care about party politics and wanted him to stay.
Shockingly,among those that cheered his transfers were policemen. “Imohimi has put many policemen and women in detention because of misconduct. In fact, right now there are some of them still in detention in command cell for stealing. They were happy when they heard he had been transferred. SARS were not happy about his transfer.
SARS men like him because he likes them. They know he likes them. He gives SARS a lot of supports. Edgal is a disciplinarian. Once you understand that, you can work with him. There are also some senior officers, who don’t like him,” said a police source. While Idris was penning down names of those to transfer, the Presidency had pencilled down three names of those likely to be the next IG. Adamu was among those picked. The lot however fell on Adamu. Imohimi, who knew how to play the game of political intrigues, had already heard that Adamu, his course mate, was one of those pencilled down. When Adamu was selected, Imohimi’s joy knew no bounds. He quickly reached out to him. And Adamu, with a simple phone call, stopped the handover ceremony in Lagos.
The move caused a shockwave, which rippled throughout the nation. It was a master move in a chessboard game. Egbetokun, miffed, left in a huff, while Imohimi’s laugh came last. When the call came, many had wondered who it came from. It was later discovered that Adamu had played his first hand, testing the swiftness of power. The handover, which commenced about 3pm, was about to go into full swing when Imohimi received the phone call. After receiving the call, Imohimi looked at the faces of policemen, Egbetokun and journalists and said: “The status quo remains! There’s no change of guard for now.” Before the call, Imohimi had expressed shock at the number of journalists that came to witness the handover ceremony.
Earlier, he had cleared the office of his personal effects and was showing Egbetokun the place that would soon be his office. Speaking after the phone call, Imohimi said: “There is no change of guard for now. I remain the Lagos State Commissioner of Police. I’m sure that Kayode Egbetokun is an old timer in the command.
Our first job as policemen is to obey orders and directives. We were about concluding the handover and taking over procedure when we were instructed by our bosses from Abuja to suspend action for now. There is no change of guard for now. Of course, we will keep the press in touch with latest development.”
Egbetokun, who was standing beside Imohimi when he made the comment, tried to look unruffled. He calmly returned to the seat he had been sitting before the tour of ‘his new office’ commenced. Clearly uneasy as whispers re-echoed, Egbetokun walked out of the office, made a beeline for his car which was parked downstairs and drove off, followed by his escorts. Egbetokun was said to have parked his car right at the parking spot reserved for only Lagos State Commissioner of Police. In fact, he and Imohimi parked their cars on the spot, which is meant for just one car.
The two cars appeared to be fighting for right of space, which symbolically mirrored the dispositions of Imohimi and Egbetokun. The news that Imohimi remains the number policeman in the state travelled like wildfire. Senior policemen, who were waiting to have a meeting with Imohimi in the Mohammed Abubakar Conference Hall, were the first to erupt into shouts of joy and jubilation. Policemen attached to Imohimi’s convoy shot four times into the air to celebrate the news. One of the policemen got injured in the course of the celebration. To underscore the fact that his allowing Imohimi to maintain his former position was nothing personal, Adamu reportedly said that the status quo should be maintained while he carries out proper investigations into the last minute transfers made by his predecessor. Imohimi turned out to be the cat with nine lives. A policeman disclosed: “Adamu and Edgal were course mates. In fact, when Edgal was Deputy Commissioner in charge of Operations, Lagos State Command, Adamu used to visit him. They are very close.”
A senior police officer noted: “Edgal made moves to cancel the posting through the new IG because they are course mates. They were appointed together in1986 and did training together. The new IG directed that the status quo be maintained pending his reassessment of the whole situation. This is why the posting was reversed.” Describing the new IG and mentioning his intervention in Imohimi’s case, a senior officer said: “The IG is a calm, target driven officer with good disposition. He has spent a large part of his active period in the police with Interpol. He also served at Interpol Headquarter in Lyon, France, for more than five years and left a good impression of the country and the Nigerian Police Force. To the best of my knowledge, he had never held a position as a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) or Area Commander. Even if Edgal is the new IG’s course mate, I don’t think it counted in his decision to suspend Edgal’s transfer. A series of transfer, demobilization done in the eve of Idris exit from the Force were cancelled as many believed it may have been myopically driven.”
Egbetokun is said to be a former Chief Security Officer to Bola Asiwanju Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, powerful and influential, believed to be the brain behind Lagos successful politics. Egbetokun was further alleged to have been picked by Tinubu to become the next Lagos State Commissioner of Police, which Adamu, whether knowingly or not, truncated. Egbetokun, described as a nice, fine and intelligent officer was minding his job as the Deputy Commandant, Nigeria Police College, Ikeja Lagos, when he was appointed the Lagos State Commissioner of Police. The dream, however, was a stillborn. Right now, Adamu seems to hold all the aces, but one wonders how long Imohimi will be allowed to hold forth in Lagos State.
There was mild drama on Tuesday afternoon as the new Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, came to take over from Imohimi Edgal only to be told that the scheduled handover would no longer hold.
Edgal had been transferred from the Lagos State Police command to the Force Headquarters, Abuja, as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD).
A handover was scheduled for 3:00 pm and CP Egbetokun had stormed the command with his convoy and met Edgal who was prepared for the handing over.
It was gathered that as they were having a closed-door meeting, a phone call believed to be from the newly-decorated Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed Lafia, came in and directed that the handing and taking over should be cancelled till further notice.
Edgal, who briefed the press in company with Egbetokun, said: “Gentlemen of the press are you here for the handing over and taking over? Are you here because you love me or you are eager for me to leave? Well, there is a directive that the status quo should remain till further notice.”
Egbetokun, who came with his chair and other personal effect and his personal staff left the command. He only said: “We are government agents and we are always taking directives.”
As Edgal was leaving Abuja, to meet with the new IGP, Abubakar Mohammed Lafia, there was a gunshot salute.
*February polls: I’ll be professional – Adamu
by Augustine Ehikioya, Abuja
The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Mohammed Adamu has taken over as the new Inspector General of Police (IGP).
The former IGP, Ibrahim Idris took his successor, Adamu to President Muhammadu Buhari who decorated him in his new rank at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Adamu, who hails from Nassarawa State, thanked President Buhari for finding him worthy of the position and promised to be professional in the discharge of his duties.
Briefing State House correspondents after the closed doors meeting with the President, Adamu, promised that he will be professional, especially handling the February general elections.
He said “I want to thank Mr. President for considering me worthy to be the next Inspector General of Police. We know that there are security challenges that we need to tackle in the country. Issues of kidnapping, abduction and other security challenges.
“From the strategies put in place by the former IGP, we will restrategize and make sure that we tackle these challenges squarely.”
On what Nigerians should expect during the elections, he said “On the elections, you have heard from the former IGP, adequate arrangement has been made to make sure that free and fair and credible elections take place in Nigeria.
“We are going to build upon the strategies put in place to make sure that we have hitch-free elections in the country.
Asked if he was allaying the fears of the opposition that he will not be partisan, he said “Well, we are professionals. We are going to stick by the rules, we are going to do the right thing. We will not go outside the ethics of our job to do things that are untoward, everybody will be given level playing ground to play his or her politics.
On his part, Idris said “I want to inform Nigerians that today I am 60 years and I think I have reached the pinnacle of my career. So I am going to handover to my successor, the incoming inspector General of Police.
“He is an officer I know very well. We knew each other in the past, we have worked together and I wish him success.
Asked his advise to his successor, he said “The advise I will give is that just like in our time, he should try to go round the country and adopt measures to ensure that the Nigerian Police Force give maximum protection to lives and property.”
On the major challenges Nigerian police are facing currently, he said “I think so far under this government I think the Nigerian police force has been making a lot of effort to secure Nigerians. Obviously challenges in the area of recruitment, of course you aware that the government has just given us approval to recruit more people yearly, by the grace of God by this year the number of police officers is going to increase considerably.”
Asked how prepared the police is for the elections, he said “Obviously we are adequately prepared for the elections. We have carried out a lot of elections in this country and I think you will agree with me that the Nigeria police force tried in these elections.
“I am assuring Nigerians that the Nigeria police force are going to do their best in this coming elections.” he stated
Buhari approves Adamu as acting IG as Idris bows out today
by Precious Igbonwelundu
Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Abubakar Adamu Mohammed Lafia has been named as the acting Inspector-General of Police (IG).
Adamu’s appointment reportedly got the blessing of President Muhammadu Buhari, who met with IG Ibrahim Idris, who is expected to bow out of service today after attaining the retirement age of 60.
The appointment came following opposition from some quarters against possible tenure extension for IG Idris, who has also attained the statutory 35 years in service.
It was gathered that the acting IG was selected by the president among three names submitted to him after weeks of shopping for Idris’ replacement.
AIG Adamu, The Nation gathered, is a course mate of Force Secretary AIG Taiwo Lakanu and former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss Ibrahim Lamorde.
Until his appointment, the Lafia, Nasarawa State-born Adamu was serving at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).
It was gathered that the officer, who, like Idris, spent many years working with the United Nations (UN) and the International Police (INTERPOL), will be officially announced today (Tuesday).
Confirming the development to The Nation, a source close to IG Idris said the decision was taken yesterday.
The source said: “It is true but the announcement has not been made yet. Oga (Idris) retires on Tuesday (today) having clocked 35 years in service. He has done well for the police and brought in many innovations.
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“The new IG once served as Deputy Commissioner in Ekiti State Command, among other postings.”
The development confirmed a story exclusively reported by this newspaper on January 10.
The Nation said in the report that the President may not extend IG Idris’ despite pressure from lobbyists.
It reported that the IGP might be directed to hand over to the most senior DIG next week (this week).
A source, who spoke in confidence, told The Nation on January 9: “The President is not likely to extend the tenure of the IGP but he is waiting for the statutory retirement day before making a pronouncement. You know, Buhari is a due process leader.
“The outgoing IG is most likely to hand over to the most senior Deputy Inspector-General of Police pending the appointment of a substantive holder.
“ If Idris leaves, there will be an Acting IGP and this will not affect security arrangement for the general elections So far, the IGP is expected to be preparing his handover note.”
Your statement incorrect, misleading and false, Police tell Saraki
The Nigeria Police Force has said that the statement by the Senate President is incorrect, misleading and false just as it assured all Nigerians that the Nigeria Police Force ‘has no any undisguised hostility to the Senate President or his supporters in Kwara State or to jeopardize or undermine his personal security and that of his immediate and larger family. The Force will continue to be apolitical and will ensure adequate security throughout the Country for all political parties, their members and supporters before, during and after the 2019 General Election.’
Saraki accused the Police boss of complicity, saying “the Police under the directive of Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Kpotum Idris Thursday commenced the transfer of Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) out of Kwara State. While the police are free to take decisions on the deployment of their personnel, we found the postings in Kwara State strange and more than a mere coincidence.”
But the Police reacting said that all the allegations in the statement of the Senate President are incorrect, misleading and false and should be disregarded and discountenanced by the general Public.
The Police in a statement by Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Jimoh Moshood denied giving protection to any political thug or shield any All Progressives, APC, thug to go to family quarters of the Senate President in Agbaji, Ilorin and vandalize houses, shops and inflict wounds with machete on three (3) people as claimed by the Senate President.
The Police further said that all the Police personnel attached to the person of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, his office and family are intact and all the statutory security protection on the person of the Senate President are also accorded him all the time and there was no complaint from the Senate President before now to the Police on this.
The Police statement reads
‘All the Police personnel attached to the person of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, his office and family are intact and all the statutory security protection on the person of the Senate President are also accorded him all the time and there was no complaint from the Senate President before now to the Police on this.
‘The Nigeria Police Force wishes to categorically state that all the allegations in the statement of the Senate President are incorrect, misleading and false and should be disregarded and discountenanced by the general Public.
‘The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a statement in the media credited to the Senate President on the recent political development in Kwara State where he raised allegations that “…the entire world to hold the IGP responsible if anything untoward happens to members of my family and myself”.
‘The Nigeria Police Force wishes to categorically state that all the allegations in the statement of the Senate President are incorrect, misleading and false and should be disregarded and discountenanced by the general Public. The Nigeria Police Force did not give any protection to any political thug or shield any APC thug to go to family quarters of the Senate President in Agbaji, Ilorin and vandalize houses, shops and inflict wounds with machete on three (3) people as claimed by the Senate President. The Police did not receive any complaint or report of gunshot and wounding as claimed by the Senate President in other areas he mentioned such as Adewole/Adeta, Ile-otan and ubandawaki/pakata.
‘For avoidance of doubt, there was no complaint reported at any Police division within Ilorin metropolis or any other Police Division on the 10th January, 2019 to today 11th January 2019 of any attack, wounding, shooting and destruction of any property by any individual(s) or any political party on their members. However, Security within Ilorin metropolis and other locations in kwara State has beefed-up to ensure security of all Nigerians living in the State.
‘It is pertinent to state that all Police personnel attached to the person of the Senate President, his office and family are intact and all the statutory security protection on the person of the Senate President are also accorded him all the time and there was no complaint from the Senate President before now to the Police on this.
‘It is incumbent on the Force to set the record straight and correct the wrong impressions that must have been created in the minds of the general Public and the International Community from the misinformation and misleading account from the Senate President. The Inspector General of Police did not try any trick to implicate the Senate President in some criminal charges; the facts are in the public domain about the suspects of the Offa Bank Robbery now being prosecuted who implicated the Senate President in the matter.
‘The Nigeria Police Force is hereby assuring all Nigerians that the Nigeria Police Force has no any undisguised hostility to the Senate President or his supporters in Kwara State or to jeopardize or undermine his personal security and that of his immediate and larger family. The Force will continue to be apolitical and will ensure adequate security throughout the Country for all political parties, their members and supporters before, during and after the 2019 General Election.