By Abiola David
The newly appointed acting Inspector Assistant Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
Adamu who arrived at the Villa at around and headed straight to the Office of the President after which he was confirmed.
By this development, it means that the serving Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs) would go on compulsory retirement Adamu is junior officer to then, hence they cannot serve under him.
Adamu’s appointment came following the retirement of the Outgoing IGP Idris who was due for retirement after attaining the mandatory 35 years of service and the age of Sixty years.
The DIGs affected are, Joshak Habila, in-charge of Department of Operations; Maigari Abatti Dikko, who heads Department of Logistics and Supply; H. M. Dagala, of Department of Criminal Intelligence and Investigations, and Emmanuel Inyang , who is in-charge of Department of Training and Development.
Others are Shuaibu Gambo, who heads Department of Finance and Administration; Ntom Chukwu of Department of Research and Planning and Foluso Adebanjo, in- charge of Department of Information and Communication Technology.
According to the tradition in the Police Service rule, once an officer is appointed IGP, he takes effective charge by the very fact of the powers reposed in that office by the constitution and the Police Act.
For instance when AIG Tafa Balogun was appointed as the IGP, all the senior officers ahead of him were retired. So also, Hafiz Ringim when appointed as AIG, all the DIG’s who were his seniors went on retirement. M.D. Abubakar came in as AIG, all the DIGs were retired.
The new acting IGP who hails from Nassarawa State was brought from National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS). He was Deputy Commissioner of Police in Ekiti State and Commissioner of Police, Enugu State. He also served at Interpol and FCIID, Alagbon for some years before he was promoted to the rank of AIG.