Mohammed Adamu was relieved of his job as Inspector-General of Police on a dramatic note on Tuesday.
He was in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on assignment when his removal was announced at the State House in Abuja.
Although his retirement was with immediate effect.
Recall that on Monday, gunmen, who the former IG described as members of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), attacked the Imo State Police Command headquarters close to the Government House and the Correctional Service, looting armoury, burning 38 vehicles and setting free 1,844 inmates.
Meanwhile ex-IG was due to retire on February 1st, but President Muhammadu Buhari extended his tenure by three months – to end on May 1st.
There was distress over the action. But, since then, the police, its assets and men have come under relentless assault,making ex-IG helpless.
It is assumed that these embarrassing situations might have initiated the decision to ask him to go before his new end of tenure.
Police Affairs Minister Muhammadu Dingyadi has named Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Usman Baba as acting Inspector-General.
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, in line with Section 7, subsection 2 of the Nigeria Police Act (2020), and having regards to seniority, professionalism, record of service, and competence, Mr. President has approved the appointment of an acting IGP, in the person of Usman Alkali Baba, with immediate effect.
These changes are in line with the determination of Mr. President to rejig the security architecture of the country, to ensure that the security challenges bedeviling the nation are brought to an end.
Mr. President has therefore charged the new appointee to rise to the challenge to ensure policing reform policy of this administration is fully prioritised and implemented to enable the police perform most effectively for the peace and security of lives and property of all Nigerians.
Mr. President thanks the outgoing IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, for his professionalism and dedication to duty during the period of his tenure. He wished him all the best in his future endeavour.
When asked why ex-IG didn’t complete his tenure.
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.
However, Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni appreciated President Buhari for finding virtue in Alkali as IGP. He also gave thumbs-up to the new police boss.