The Minister of police affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi,has given reasons on why Mohammed Adamu, former inspector-general of police (IGP), did not complete his three months tenure extension.
Dingyadi said it is the prerogative of President Muhammadu Buhari to decide on when to make an appointment.
On Tuesday, Buhari had approved the appointment of Alkali Usman Baba as the new IGP.
Baba replaces Adamu who was given a three-month tenure extension by the president on February 4. Adamu had spent two months and three days out of the three months.
While briefing state house correspondents on Tuesday, the police minister was asked for the reason behind the president’s decision not to allow the outgoing IGP complete his extended tenure.
In response, he said: “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.”
Dingyadi said the president is grateful to the outgoing IGP “for his professionalism and dedication to duty during the period of his tenure”.
Commenting on the selection of the new IGP, the minister said he was picked 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”.
The minister said Baba’s appointment is in line with the president’s goal “to rejig the security architecture country, to ensure that the security challenges bedeviling the nation are brought to an end”.
He added that the president has charged Baba to “rise to the challenge to ensure policing reform policy of this administration are fully prioritised and implemented”.
Born on March 1, 1963 in Gaidam, Yobe State, the acting IGP was enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force on March 15, 1988.
He was, until his new appointment, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Force Headquarters.
Baba a Teacher’s Grade II Certificate (TC II) from Teachers College, Potiskum, Yobe State in 1980.
He obtained a BA (ED) Political Science from Bayero University, Kano in 1985.
The Acting IGP also has a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) obtained from University of Maiduguri, Borno State in 1997.
Until his appointment, Baba was the deputy inspector-general of police, force criminal investigation department, police headquarters.